Congressman William Jefferson, D-La., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria.
The 16 count indictment has just been returned.
The charges include racketeering, solicitation of bribes, honest services wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, violating the foreign corrupt practices act, and conspiracy. The indictment relates to a bribery scheme for him and his family and his bribing a Nigerian official.
The indictment is 94 pages. If convicted on all charges Jefferson would be sentenced to 235 years in prison.
Jefferson has been under investigation for some time for accepting bribes in relation to help steer contracts to businesses in Nigeria.
FBI agents searched his home and congressional offices last year. FBI agents recovered $90,000 in cash from his home which was stored in a coffee can in his freezer.
Talk Show America 6/5/2007