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2006-05-26 16:21:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former aide to Rep. William Jefferson has been sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the Louisiana Democrat solicit bribes in an African telecommunications venture, the Justice Department said on Friday. Brett Pfeffer, 37, was also fined $24,000 for his role in a bribery scandal that created a standoff between Congress and the Bush administration for much of the past week. The FBI has not brought charges against Jefferson, but revealed last weekend...

2006-05-26 16:17:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former aide to Rep. William Jefferson has been sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the Louisiana Democrat solicit bribes in an African telecommunications venture, the Justice Department said on Friday. Brett Pfeffer, 37, was also fined $24,000 for his role in a bribery scandal that created a standoff between Congress and the Bush administration for much of the past week. The FBI has not brought charges against Jefferson, but revealed last weekend...

2006-05-22 17:12:48

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic congressman facing a bribery probe after police found $90,000 in his freezer denied wrongdoing on Monday and said he would not step down from his congressional seat. Speaking to reporters, Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson said he could not discuss details of the pending federal investigation. "There are two sides to every story. There are certainly two sides to this story," Jefferson said, adding, "This is not the time; this is not the forum" to...

2006-05-22 15:55:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Democratic congressman facing a bribery probe after police found $90,000 in his freezer denied wrongdoing on Monday and said he would not step down from his congressional seat. Speaking to reporters, Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson said he could not discuss details of the pending federal investigation. "There are two sides to every story. There are certainly two sides to this story," Jefferson said, adding, "This is not the time; this is not the forum"...

2006-05-17 20:35:10

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The long-paralyzed House ethics panel said on Wednesday it would investigate several lawmakers for their role in a series of corruption scandals that have cast a shadow over Congress. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said it would investigate Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Ney and Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who are enmeshed in separate bribery scandals. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was censured by...

2006-05-03 13:48:47

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Kentucky businessman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to bribing Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson in an African Internet venture, the U.S. Justice Department said. Louisville technology executive Vernon Jackson has pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery, and will help investigators as they examine Jefferson's dealings with Jackson's company, iGate Inc., the Justice Department said. Jackson, 53, faces up to 20 years...

2006-01-11 19:26:20

By Andy Sullivan ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson sought a cut of a Nigerian telecommunications venture in return for his help setting it up, a former aide said on Wednesday as he pleaded guilty to bribery charges. In return for lobbying Nigerian officials and arranging a loan through the U.S. Import-Export Bank, Jefferson demanded an ownership stake in a venture by two U.S. companies to provide high-speed Internet and cable television to...


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