Democratic Supporter Convicted of Bribery Charges
The latest on the Party of Corruption:
A Kentucky businessman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to bribing Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson in an African Internet venture, the Justice Department said.
Louisville technology executive Vernon Jackson has pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery, and will help investigators as they examine Jefferson’s dealings with Jackson’s company, iGate Inc., the Justice Department said.
Jackson, 53, faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
The plea deal could prove embarrassing for Democrats who have made corruption scandals involving Republicans a central theme of their campaign to take back control of Congress this November.
A former Jefferson aide pleaded guilty in January to bribery charges for his role in the deal, and seven Jefferson staffers told the House of Representatives in March that they had been served with subpoenas.
Hat Tip Larwyn