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June 5, 2008
Lawmaker’s relatives charged with fraud
A brother, sister and niece of indicted US Rep William Jefferson were charged Wednesday with pocketing more than $600,000 in state and federal grant money intended for charitable and educational projects.
A federal grand jury indicted new Orleans tax assessor Betty Jefferson, her brother,MoseJefferson and her daughter, Angela Coleman, on charges tht include federal program fraud, identity theft and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
US Attorney Jim Letten said the family members used several nonprofitand for-profict companies to obtain grants designed to help pregnant teens, at-risk youths and others in need of assistance. They allegedly deposited some of the grant money into personal checking accounts and used it for personal expenses.
Rep Jefferson, 61, a nine-term Democrat, was indicted last year on bribery charges. He is awaiting trial in Virginia and has denied wrongdoing. The congressman wasn’t named in Wednesday’s indictment.
My note: Rep Jefferson, a judge before joining the House, was found with $90K in cash stashed in his home freezer.
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Last edited by bottomline1; 06-05-2008 at 11:26 AM.