Jefferson Indicted on 16 Counts of Bribery and Corruption

Excerpt:  Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) was indicted Monday on 16 counts as part of a long-running bribery investigation, including charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money laundering, federal officials said. The indictment handed up by a federal court in Alexandria., Va., is 94 pages long and lists alleged violations of federal law that could keep Jefferson in prison for up to 235 years.

The investigation of Jefferson centered on accusations of bribery by accepting $100,000 from a telecommunications businessman, allegedly to be used to bribe Nigerian officials. FBI officials said they videotaped the congressman taking the cash and later found the $90,000 in a box in the freezer of his Louisiana home in August 2005.

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