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Aide says U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (Democrat-La.) cooked up scheme
NOLA ^ | 5/27/06 | Bill Walsh

Posted on 05/27/2006 6:49:00 AM PDT by Libloather

Aide says Jefferson cooked up scheme
Assistant sentenced to 8 years in prison
Saturday, May 27, 2006
By Bill Walsh
Washington bureau

ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- A former aide to U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, said Friday that it was the congressman's idea to solicit bribes to promote a telecommunications deal in West Africa that began as a legitimate business venture.

"I've gone over it 10 million times in my head," Brett Pfeffer, 37, said at his sentencing in U.S. District Court. "I don't know why I didn't look him in the eye and say 'No.' "

**SNIP**

According to court records, Pfeffer served as the initial go-between for Jefferson in his dealings with a wealthy northern Virginia woman, Lori Mody, who ultimately agreed to invest money in a business deal in Nigeria. Mody would eventually become an FBI informant and tape her meetings with Jefferson, documents show.

Pfeffer, a legislative assistant to Jefferson from 1995 to 1998, was working at Mody's McLean, Va., investment firm in 2004 when Jefferson pitched a business opportunity. It involved Kentucky-based iGate Inc., which Jefferson was helping to launch its high-speed Internet technology and cable television service in West Africa.

Pfeffer proposed the deal to Mody, who ultimately sank $3.5 million into the venture. According to court records, Jefferson later told Pfeffer that to continue to push the deal, he wanted 5 percent to 7 percent of the new Nigerian company Mody set up and to have a member of his family put on the payroll for $2,500 to $5,000 per month. Prosecutors have estimated the value of the arrangement at between $400,000 and $1 million.

**SNIP**

Vernon Jackson, the CEO of iGate, has admitted paying more than $450,000 to a company controlled by Jefferson's family. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; aide; bribe; cooked; corrupt; corruptdems; crook; jefferson; perp; rats; rep; scheme; us; william; williamjefferson
Among those in the courtroom Friday on Pfeffer's behalf was Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell.

Can the corruption of Billy Jeff take down the Skins as well? One can only hope. It's the story that keeps on givin'...

1 posted on 05/27/2006 6:49:04 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Dear Sir,
Please excuse me if I seem opportune, but I am a member of the out of power party in the United States Congress. I can influence legislation affecting millions of dollars in telecommunications legislation, but I need a Nigerian partner to assist me in transferring the funds to accounts set up in the United States in the names of my family members.

You come highly recommended as an upstanding and respected member of the Nigerian telecommunications industry. Millions of dollars are available to you, if you could assist me in transferring these moneys to my family members.


2 posted on 05/27/2006 6:53:24 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: Libloather

Of course he cooked it up. That is why he had all his money in the freezer.


3 posted on 05/27/2006 6:53:40 AM PDT by Patrick1
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To: Libloather

" I don't know why I didn't look him the eye and say NO."

Because in New Orleans, it didn't seem out of the norm ... just business as normal. It wasn't the first time your boss was involved in corruption, moron -- nobody gets caught the *first* time they break the law.


4 posted on 05/27/2006 6:59:48 AM PDT by AngrySpud (Behold, I am The Anti-Crust ... Anti-Hillary)
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To: Libloather
Let us not forget Mollahan.
5 posted on 05/27/2006 7:00:34 AM PDT by BIGZ (`The)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Nicely done, but should have been all caps.


6 posted on 05/27/2006 7:01:49 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: FreedomPoster

ROFLMAO!!


7 posted on 05/27/2006 7:12:16 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Every time you think, you weaken the nation.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

LOL !


8 posted on 05/27/2006 7:12:40 AM PDT by RodgerD (Reject the Democrat's Migration Explosion Act of 2006. No to 66 million new third-world aliens.)
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To: Libloather
"A former aide to U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans"

I'm just SHOCKED this aide spilled the beans, the RATS usually love to roll over for other rats...WOW! Yes, Jeffy's goose is cooked!

9 posted on 05/27/2006 7:19:16 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: RoseofTexas; Liz; Howlin; ALOHA RONNIE; RonDog; MurryMom
Maury and Connie just signed off their MSNBC show by nicknaming the perp - William 'The Refrigerator' Jefferson.

It must be getting bad if a few lefties on a leftist network crack jokes on a fellow RAT...

10 posted on 05/27/2006 7:47:03 AM PDT by Libloather (They can't privatize Social Security but they can find a way to give it to illegal aliens...)
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To: Libloather

"Can the corruption of Billy Jeff take down the Skins as well?"

Spoken like a Giants fan. Hail to the Redskins!


11 posted on 05/27/2006 8:17:19 AM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: Libloather

I wonder, since it looks so familiar this shakedown move, did Jesse advise William Jefferson in the construction of this larceny?


12 posted on 05/27/2006 8:20:54 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Libloather; Lonesome in Massachussets

Probably Cong Jefferson got an email from Nigerian General Kachinga Cheatchusuckah-----and compassionately tried to help get Idi Amin's secret $60B gold stash in a Swiss bank vault out of the country.


13 posted on 05/27/2006 8:43:11 AM PDT by Liz (The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government.)
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To: BIGZ
Let us not forget Mollahan.

I believe Mollahan is ranking member of the House Ethics Committee so we'll see him in action when they take up the Jefferson case ; )

14 posted on 05/27/2006 8:43:49 AM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Freezing For One Or Two

Wrap serving size portions in Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, label and freeze. Individual portions will be ready to go when you need them.

15 posted on 05/27/2006 8:46:40 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Libloather

bttt


16 posted on 05/27/2006 8:47:04 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: Patrick1

"Of course he cooked it up. That is why he had all his money in the freezer."

From piggy bank to Frigidaire......just another one of Pelosi's culture of corruption congress-creep. Diverting rescue help from Katrina's devastation to rescue his ice box loot. He should resign or be kicked out...but the spineless fellow weasels wont do it. Govt. sucks.


17 posted on 05/27/2006 9:44:58 AM PDT by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: Ben Hecks

Didn't he resign from the Committee?


18 posted on 05/27/2006 10:59:33 AM PDT by txrangerette ("We are fighting al-Qaeda, NOT Aunt Sadie"...Dick Cheney commenting on the wiretaps!!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

The trouble is: this guy voted with the Replicans more times than not.


19 posted on 05/27/2006 11:32:31 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: upcountryhorseman
I think that McCain will be totally shocked when he sees that he ends up at the far back end of the pubbie pack.

With an ACU rating of 14, I think not.

The Democrat propaganda would have you believing that Jefferson is really a "closet conservative". But, in fact, he is a member in good standing of the Socialist Democrat caucus.

20 posted on 05/27/2006 11:41:56 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: txrangerette
Didn't he resign from the Committee?

I just checked and you're right - he temporarily resigned. Pretty rare when a Dem steps down so the evidence is probably pretty solid. I noticed that the second in line, Rep. Stubbs, is also in some trouble so Pelosi went to the third in succession, Rep. Berman.

21 posted on 05/27/2006 12:34:49 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: Ben Hecks
I just checked and you're right - he temporarily resigned.

Ben, where'd you find that info? Just curious because I haven't seen any press reports on his resignation, temp or otherwise.

22 posted on 05/27/2006 12:38:54 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

I think it gave the date as May 27:

http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/041906/mollohan.html


23 posted on 05/27/2006 12:51:13 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: popdonnelly

Be afraid. Be very afraid...
24 posted on 05/27/2006 12:53:26 PM PDT by Libloather (They can't privatize Social Security but they can find a way to give it to illegal aliens...)
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To: MHGinTN
I wonder, since it looks so familiar this shakedown move, did Jesse advise William Jefferson in the construction of this larceny?

Ha, Ha. Does seem to fit the pattern. Right on.

25 posted on 05/27/2006 1:01:04 PM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Libloather

Mody's Virginia charitable foundation was listed as the financing agent for a $9,000 trip Jefferson took to Ghana last July to talk up the project, months after sources say she began recording conversations with Jefferson for the FBI. Three months before the Ghana trip, she donated $2,100 to the congressman's re-election campaign, records show.


http://tinyurl.com/mmeyr


26 posted on 05/27/2006 1:02:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Libloather

.......$400,000 .....

There is an expression "chump change"

In the world of balck crooks perhaps there should be an expression "Kojo change" Four hundred grand is apparently what's needed to clear out the bottom feeding politicos in Nigeriaa deals.


27 posted on 05/27/2006 1:06:44 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Libloather

Jefferson was responsible for bringing to the table Norbert Simmons, a wealthy New Orleans businessman and former riverboat casino owner with long-standing political ties to the congressman. Simmons, whose name appears in federal subpoenas, offered to invest money in the faltering deal


http://tinyurl.com/q9srs


28 posted on 05/27/2006 1:16:41 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: tflabo
He should resign or be kicked out...but the spineless fellow weasels wont do it.
That is the obvious solution to the dilemma: Congress has 45 days to get its own house in order - or at least start to. If not, it's off to the courthouse, where Congress will lose (all the way to SCOTUS if they try to push it that far). More to the point, Congressmen will lose in November if they don't force William Jefferson (Democrat, Louisiana) out of Congress in the 45 days, or at least begin to move in that direction.

29 posted on 05/27/2006 1:36:18 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: kcvl

You aren't Billy Jeff's defense attorney - are ya?


30 posted on 05/27/2006 1:39:15 PM PDT by Libloather (They can't privatize Social Security but they can find a way to give it to illegal aliens...)
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To: Ben Hecks
Mollahan at least had the conscience to step down.
31 posted on 05/27/2006 3:36:14 PM PDT by BIGZ (`The)
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To: Libloather
Vernon Jackson, the CEO of iGate, has admitted paying more than $450,000 to a company controlled by Jefferson's family. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

Oh PLEASE tell me Vermin Jackson is FINALLY going to jail where he belongs.

32 posted on 05/27/2006 3:40:24 PM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: Libloather
I think you'll find this as interesting as I did. It's from September 16, 2005

Jefferson staffer says she was subpoenaed
> Grand jury investigating Nigerian telecom deal

By Bill Walsh
Washington bureau

WASHINGTON - A staffer for U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, notified the House of Representatives on Thursday that she had been subpoenaed by a northern Virginia grand jury investigating business deals connected to the congressman.

Angelle Kwemo, a legislative assistant to Jefferson, was required to make the disclosure under House rules. She didn't provide any further details.

In a brief phone call, Kwemo declined to comment and quickly hung up.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Jefferson in connection with a telecommunications deal he was trying to arrange in Nigeria, according to those familiar with the case. The probe came to light Aug. 3 when the FBI raided the congressman's homes and, according to published reports, carted off cash from a freezer.

Jefferson has declined to comment.

Kwemo's name first surfaced in August in subpoenas seeking a broad array of documents relating to Jefferson and a Kentucky-based telecommunications firm, iGate Corp. The firm sought the congressman's help in breaking into the fast-expanding high-speed Internet market in Nigeria. The grand jury has been impanelled in Alexandria, Va., a Washington suburb.

Jefferson hired Kwemo, a native of Cameroon, in July. She holds a law degree from a French university and an advanced law degree from American University, and spent five years as a corporate lawyer in Africa, according to a biography provided by Jefferson's office. She also has worked with AIDS activist groups.

On Aug. 3, the FBI also raided the Maryland home of Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar, seeking documents connecting him and his wife, Jennifer, to the congressman and the telecommunications deal. Jennifer Abubakar, a graduate student at American University, founded the Gede Foundation in Washington, D.C., to combat AIDS in African and other developing countries.

Jefferson

33 posted on 05/28/2006 10:41:07 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Henchster
Oh PLEASE tell me Vermin Jackson is FINALLY going to jail where he belongs.

There is Jesse Jackson.
There is Vernon Jordan.

And, of course, we have Vernon Jackson. Is Vernon Jackson the MAIN vermin?

34 posted on 05/28/2006 3:00:55 PM PDT by Libloather (They can't privatize Social Security but they can find a way to give it to illegal aliens...)
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To: Libloather
Sorry, user error.

Vermin JORDAN.

35 posted on 05/28/2006 6:20:08 PM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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