Democratic US Representative William “Dollas Bill” Jefferson from lovely Louisiana has finally been indicted on 16 counts of fraud, racketeering, soliciting bribes, money-laundering and obstructing justice (among other charges) stemming from the fed investigation that found $90,000 in cold, hard cash in the congressman’s Capitol Hill condo freezer back in August 2005.
“The FBI’s sting operation, the first of its kind since the Abscam probe targeting corrupt members of Congress in the 1970s, has already sent two former Jefferson associates to prison. Both acknowledged taking part in a scheme to funnel money to companies controlled by the nine-term congressman and his family in exchange for his help in promoting a telecommunications business in Nigeria and Ghana.”
Classy. Like most politicians in Louisiana. So glad to know Speaker Nancy Pelosi had so much faith in this crook that she placed him on the House Homeland Security Committee. After all, what kind of risk could he pose there?
Geez. This guy was a corruption overachiever, forming 25 dummy corporations and using two of his children to help him in his scheme. Read the 94-page, inch-thick Federal Indictment here.
Jefferson started his fraud early. Read about how he got his nickname of “Dollar Bill” Jefferson in the early 1970s.