Monday, June 4, 2007
CNN, Washington Post, WSJ, New York Times and others report on the Indictment of Rep. William Jefferson. For background information see here. The Indictment is long ( 95 pages) and has many different charges. Count One alleges a section 371 violation, with it being a conspiracy to solicit bribes by a public official, a deprivation of honest services by wire fraud, and the foreign corrupt practices act. Count Two is also under 371 and alleges a conspiracy to solicit bribes and a deprivation of honest services by wire fraud. The remaining counts are substantive offenses: counts three and four are bribes by a public official; counts five through ten are schemes to deprive citizens of honest services by wire fraud, eleven is a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act count, twelve through fourteen are money laundering, fifteen is obstruction of justice, and the final count alleges RICO. There are also forfeiture allegations.
More details will follow.