Skip to comments.F.B.I. Contends Lawmaker Hid Bribe in Freezer
Posted on 05/22/2006 8:15:30 AM PDT by neverdem
WASHINGTON, May 21 The F.B.I. accused Representative William J. Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana, on Sunday of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Kentucky businessman and stashing $90,000 from the scheme in his home freezer in Washington.
The accusations appeared in court documents that were made public only hours after a team of 15 agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed an all-night search of Mr. Jefferson's Congressional offices. F.B.I. officials said the raid, which began about 7:15 p.m. Saturday and ended early Sunday afternoon, was the first the agency had ever conducted at a lawmaker's office on Capitol Hill.
The search warrant and other documents, which were unsealed in Federal District Court in Washington, accused Mr. Jefferson, an eight-term lawmaker, of accepting bribes to help a small technology company win contracts with federal agencies and with businesses and governments in West Africa. Mr. Jefferson, who has denied wrongdoing, is one of several members of Congress who are under scrutiny by the Justice Department on corruption charges.
While the outline of the case against Mr. Jefferson has been known for months, the court papers released Sunday were the first in which he was linked by name to the bribery charges and to iGate Inc., the Louisville company that sought his help in winning contracts for its high-tech products.
The documents revealed that many of Mr. Jefferson's contacts with people involved in the bribery scheme were secretly taped, including a meeting last July at which the lawmaker received a briefcase containing $100,000 in $100 bills.
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He is black and a democrat - laws do not apply to him.
Well, if kept at room temperature [and don't forget the humidity!] the bribe might have gone bad and grow mold. Perfectly rational decision.
A new meaning to "cold hard cash."
At first I thought the headline read, "F.B.I. Contends Lawmaker Hid BRIDE in Freezer"
I was taken aback for a second there...
That works out to about a thousand $100 bills. (just a guesstimate-- I didn't use a calculator)
Being a rat means NEVER having to say you are sorry or guilty. This bum will be no different. The water is getting hotter now and it wouldn't be long before he starts crying "RACE!".
NYT afraid to go out on a limb when a Rat is involved ?
This is an outrage! This is unprecedented! He is trying to taint the jury pool by denying his guilt. At least that's what black former prosecutors say about white guys making similar statements.
LoL, good catch!
and then sued for divorce, on the grounds that she was frigid.
Good heavens!! The government is secretly monitoring the business transactions of ordinary Americans! Quick, let's conduct a Congressional investigation!!
(or some such spin.......)
"WEEZIE",, call my lawyer...
This is old news. The "Times-Pick-on-you" reported this back before Katrina usurped the headlines.
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