GOP congressman indicted by federal grand jury for lying to FBI

Posted 42 days ago


Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., was indicted Tuesday for allegedly lying to investigators who were looking into foreign donations to his congressional campaign.

Fortenberry, who represents Nebraska's 1st Congressional District, was charged with one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

Gilbert Chagoury, a billionaire from Nigeria, made illegal contributions to Fortenberry campaigns, as well as several other GOP congressional races from 2012 to 2016.

Altogether, Chagoury's contributed $180,000 to U. S. election campaigns, which violated federal law. Of that, $30,200 went to Fortenberry's campaign in 2016 through a group in California.

Fortenberry earlier said he expected to be indicted, releasing a recorded state... (Read more)