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Former La. congressman sentenced to 13 years

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Kidudu Mtu, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. Kidudu Mtu

    Kidudu Mtu Member

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    Laiti na bongo mafisadi na wahujumu uchumi wangepigwa mvua labda wangepunguza kasi ya uporaji wa mali zetu!

    Jefferson hid $90,000 in freezer; was convicted of bribery, other charges

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former Louisiana congressman who famously stashed $90,000 cash in his freezer was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for taking hundreds of thousands in bribes in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa.

    The sentence handed down in suburban Washington was far less than the nearly 30 years prosecutors had sought for William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans for nearly 20 years.

    Agents investigating the case found $90,000 wrapped in foil and hidden in boxes of frozen pie crusts in his freezer.

    Prosecutors had asked a judge to follow federal guidelines and sentence him to at least 27 years. The defense asked for less than 10 years, arguing a stiffer sentence would be far longer than those imposed on congressmen convicted of similar crimes in recent years, none of whom was sentenced to more than a decade.

    Jefferson said nothing in court after he was sentenced. He was convicted in August of 11 counts, including bribery and racketeering. Prosecutors at his two-month trial said he took roughly $500,000 in bribes and sought millions more. He was acquitted of five other charges, including the one most closely associated with the money in his freezer.

    Informant was wired
    The investigation started in March 2005. In August of that year, FBI agents searched Jefferson's Washington home and found the cash. Prosecutors said he had planned to use the money to pay a bribe to the then-vice president of Nigeria to secure a multimillion-dollar telecommunications deal there, an accusation Jefferson denied.

    The money ended up in the freezer after a disgruntled businesswoman, Lori Mody, agreed to wear a wire after telling the FBI she had been cheated out of $3.5 million in deals brokered by Jefferson. The jury saw videotape of Mody handing over a suitcase filled with $100,000 cash outside an Arlington hotel. Most of that money was recovered from the freezer.

    The defense argued that Jefferson was acting as a private business consultant in brokering the deals and his actions did not constitute bribery.

    New Orleans voters had long been loyal to Jefferson, who in 1991 became Louisiana's first African-American congressman since Reconstruction. He rose from the poverty of the Louisiana Delta parishes to prominence as a street-savvy political tactician.

    He was re-elected in 2006 even after news of the bribery scandal broke but was indicted and then lost to Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao this past December.
  2. K

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    How about those who dealt with this man? Probably still walking freely in Abuja streets. If so thats why Africa will remain as it is or it will go backwards. What message they are sending to the new generation? They were supposed to dance the same music or according to their Law.
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    In africa you don't need to hide the stash in the freezer instead you tell all people that I made a deal with an American, build 5 sky scrapers, buy 5 four wheel drive car, and still politicians will respect you and more ranks if still in the government, if not politicians will come to beg money for their campaign, and look for opportunities to follow your foot steps.
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