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A Look Back at the William J. Jefferson Public Corruption Case

It’s our job to follow the evidence, wherever it might lead. That’s certainly true in cases of public corruption, our highest priority among criminal threats. So back in 2005, when we received reliable information that a sitting member of the U.S. Congress was allegedly using his official position to solicit bribes from American companies interested in doing business in Africa, we opened an investigation...

Apr 09, 2013 02:30 PM

A Look Back at the William J. Jefferson Public Corruption Case

It’s our job to follow the evidence, wherever it might lead. That’s certainly true in cases of public corruption, our highest priority among criminal threats.

So back in 2005, when we received reliable information that a sitting member of the U.S. Congress was allegedly using his official position to solicit bribes from American companies interested in doing business in Africa, we opened an investigation.

And that investigation uncovered at least 11 distinct bribery schemes involving then-Congressman William J. Jefferson, who sought hundreds of millions of dollars for himself and other co-conspirators from companies whose success depended on the approval of certain U.S. and West African government agencies. He ended up pocketing more than $478,000, but Jefferson wasted significantly more in U.S. government resources to further his illegal aims.

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