Criminal Justice

Congressman Indicted

Posted Jun 4, 2007 2:46 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted today on more than a dozen charges stemming from a bribery probe, Associated Press reports.

Federal officials are organizing a press conference to announce the indictment.

The indictment detailing the evidence is more than an inch thick, a Justice Department official told the AP. Charges against Jefferson include racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering, according to the report.

Federal officials found more than $90,000 in cash stored in a freezer when they raided Jefferson’s home in 2005.

Jefferson maintains his innocence in the case. He could not be reached for comment on the indictment.

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