William J. Jefferson

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William J. Jefferson

William J. Jefferson (also known as Dollar Bill Jefferson), born March 14, 1947 (age 67), is a former Democratic Representative for the 2nd District of Louisiana in the United States House of Representatives. He was born in Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, on March 14, 1947. In 1991, he was elected to the first of his now eight consecutive terms as a Representative. He is currently the subject of a corruption probe, after the FBI found "$90,000 of the cash in the freezer, in $10,000 increments wrapped in aluminum foil and stuffed inside frozen-food containers." On June 4, 2007, a federal grand jury indicted Jefferson on multiple charges related to corruption.

Corruption investigation

Jefferson has been under investigation by the FBI for corruption since March 2005. He has alleged to have received over $400,000 in bribes through a company maintained in the name of his spouse and children. On 30 July 2005, Jefferson was videotaped by the FBI receiving $100,000 worth of $100 bills in a leather briefcase at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Four days later, FBI agents raided Jefferson's home in Northeast Washington and found $90,000 of alleged bribed money in his freezer. On June 4, 2007 Jefferson was indicted on 16-counts in a 94-page indictment that included charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money-laundering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Nicknames

  • Dollar Bill Jefferson
  • Bribe Taker
  • Mr. Freeze
  • Cold Cash Jefferson

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