Monday, May 22, 2006

Congressman's Freezer Found To Contain $90,000.

WASHINGTON (CNN) --Newly released court papers said FBI agents found $90,000 in cash in Louisiana congressman William Jefferson’s freezer.

Investigators stated that an August 2005 they searched Democratic Rep. William Jefferson's home and found $90,000 in cash in the congressman’s freezer. The money was divided among various frozen food containers, according to the affidavit. Agents told a judge the money was part of a $100,000 payment that had been delivered by an informant in the bribery probe.

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Jefferson stated he had no idea his freezer was involved in a bribery scheme and said he couldn’t believe it was doing anything illegal, adding it was broken when he bought it. A family friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the fourteen year old Kenmore upright, hasn’t been running properly since being defrosted and often required maintenance.

The discovery comes just days after authorities announced finding thirty-five thousand dollars in the Congressman’s dryer. The eight-term Louisiana congressman said he’s ‘devastated’ by the idea that two of his oldest appliances could be involved in anything illegal but said he’s been traveling a lot and hasn’t been able to give them the attention they deserve.

Neighbors, also speaking on condition of anonymity said it was a quiet freezer that never aroused any suspicion and generally just sat in the garage humming.


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