A Culture Of Corruption, Round Two
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, money-laundering and soliciting more than $400,000 in bribes in connection with years of trying to broker business deals in Africa.Probably with those Ugandans and Nigerians who send us all the scam emails.
In response, Speaker NanPo's staff quickly leaked that Jefferson probably will be stripped of his seat on the Small Business Committee. Ooooh. That'll nip that ol' culture of corruption in the bud!
The charges came almost two years after investigators raided Jefferson's home in Washington and found $90,000 in cash stuffed in a box in his freezer.
The indictment in federal court in Alexandria, Va., lists 16 alleged violations with prison terms totaling as much as 235 years. Jefferson is charged with racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
He is the first sitting congressman to face charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits corporate bribery overseas. Jefferson is to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.Jefferson is accused of soliciting bribes from 11 different companies for himself and his family, and also of bribing a Nigerian official. The scheme was complicated and Jefferson set up a front company to hide the money, prosecutors said.
And remember, those corruption-fightin' Dems re-elected Jefferson in 2006. Had he been a Republican, we would have run him out of town.