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Former state auditor Jeff McMahan and wife Lori McMahan walk out of the side of the Ed Edmondson State Courthouse, in Muskogee, following court proceedings in 2008. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World file

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan has been released from federal custody after serving more than seven years for felony conspiracy and accepting bribes.

Federal Bureau of Prisons records show the 56-year-old McMahan was released Thursday.

He began serving his eight-year, one-month sentence in March 2009 after he and his wife were convicted of accepting bribes from southeastern Oklahoma businessman Steve Phipps. Lori McMahan was sentenced to six years and was released in 2014.

A Democrat, McMahan was accused of showing favoritism in his official actions as state auditor to Phipps in exchange for cash, jewelry, campaign contributions, fishing trips, and trips to places such as New Orleans and Boston.

Phipps testified against McMahan and was sentenced to a year in prison.

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