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This story was updated at 2:10 p.m. Feb. 8.

A former powerful state senator who served time for racketeering was released from federal prison this week and is living at home, his son confirmed Friday.

Thomas L. Bromwell (D-Dist. 8) pleaded guilty in 2007 to racketeering conspiracy and filing a false tax return.  He received a seven-year sentence that is officially scheduled to end Aug. 4, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Bromwell, 63, who was transferred from the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, W.Va., on Wednesday, is expected to remain on supervised home confinement until that time, according to Chris Burke, a spokesman for prisons bureau.

“He’s home, spending time with his family,” Bromwell’s son, Del. Eric M. Bromwell (D-Dist. 8) of Perry Hall, told The Gazette on Friday. He declined to comment further.

Thomas Bromwell and his wife, Mary Patricia Bromwell, were charged in connection with a fraud scheme in which Bromwell’s official influence was traded for money and benefits from the Poole and Kent Corp., a contractor, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The firm gave Mary Bromwell a no-show job at a salary of more than $190,000, and completed more than $80,000 worth of renovation work on the Bromwell house.

Mary Bromwell pleaded guilty to one county of mail fraud and served a year and a day in prison.

Thomas Bromwell, who served in the General Assembly for 23 years, chaired the Senate Finance Committee.

dleaderman@gazette.net