Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski arrived at a prison hospital Monday to begin serving his 17-month sentence for mail fraud.
He will remain at the Federal Medical Center while his health is evaluated as he recuperates from prostate cancer surgery.
Rostenkowski, 68, pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mail fraud, admitting he used House money to pay employees for personal or political work.
The longtime chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee also admitted sending a check to Lenox China to pay for gifts for friends and political cronies.
With good behavior, Rostenkowski could be free in 15 months. 16 slightly hurt when park ride malfunctions Agawam, Mass.