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The AP was first to notice that Ted Loza, the former chief of staff to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, has been released from federal prison.

Loza pleaded guilty a little more than a year ago to receiving gratuities and making false statements in connection with corruption in the D.C. taxi industry. After spending eight months in prison, he’ll now be on probation for another year.

Loza had a starring role, albeit an unwitting one, in the FBI’s ham-handed and unsuccessful attempt to get Graham to accept bribes. The feds also tried to charge Loza with bribery, but couldn’t get the charges to stick.

LL’s already noted how Loza got off with a pretty sweet deal in whole cab investigation, considering the length of prison time others involved in the conspiracy are getting. And consider also the fate of Leon Swain, the former taxicab commissioner who worked undercover for the FBI for two years helping to make a case against Loza. Swain, as the Post recently noted, had to deal with the enormous stresses of living a double life. His repayment: the Gray administration first kicked him off the United Medical Center board before firing him as taxi commissioner.

Asked if he’d consider rehiring Loza, Graham says he has no comment other than to say that he didn’t know Loza is now out of prison.

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