Former Congressman Randy 'Duke' Cunningham wins early release from post-prison monitoring

SAN DIEGO - Former San Diego Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham is officially a free man.

A judge granted Cunningham early release from post-prison monitoring. He was supposed to be monitored for two more years.

Cunningham served eight years in federal prison and time a halfway house for one of the largest bribery cases involving a member of Congress.

Cunningham pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy in 2006. In addition, he also admitted receiving at least $2.4 million in gifts, cash and trips from defense contractors in exchange for steering government work their way.

In a phone interview last year, Cunningham told 10News he would probably end up living in a one-room cabin near a lake so he could go fishing.

Prior to the bribery scandal, Cunningham represented California's 50th Congressional District. He resigned amid his legal woes.

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