Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, a Democrat, flatly denied bribery charges accusing him of attempting, through various means, to illegally drum up over $500,000 from African business deals. Jefferson declared Friday that he will fight to save his reputation, already besmirched by the mysterious $90,000 in cash found stuffed in a freezer during a 2005 raid on his Washington, D.C. home.


AP via My Way News:

A 94-page indictment, handed down Monday, details 11 separate bribery schemes and 16 criminal counts, including racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

If convicted, Jefferson faces a possible maximum sentence of 235 years. His trial is scheduled for January.

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