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Work program lets Bereano practice law; His activities still limited to preclude any lobbying

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Annapolis lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano is out of the halfway house again on work release -- but his activities are restricted to the practice of law and still cannot include lobbying.

Convicted of mail fraud in 1994, Bereano is serving a five-month sentence at the Volunteers of America facility on East Monument Street in Baltimore.

A federal judge has said that Bereano may continue to lobby, but his activities have been restricted by a team of managers that includes representatives of the Federal Probation Office and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

For several days, after trying to resume his lobbying practice, Bereano was restricted to the VOA facility. He was allowed to return to his law office again Wednesday.

"Nothing has changed," Bereano said yesterday. "The situation is the same." He declined to say if he might be permitted to return to lobbying later after further talks.

Said Gretchen Crosland, the VOA's regional supervisor, "As long as he's complying with our rules and regulations, with the conditions we've imposed, he'll be fine."

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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