Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) was indicted on Tuesday, accused of concealing information and making false statements to federal authorities who were investigating illegal contributions to his 2016 campaign, the Justice Department announced. A federal grand jury indicted Fortenberry, who has served in Congress since 2005, on one count of “scheming to falsify and conceal material facts” and two counts of “making false statements to federal investigators looking into illegal contributions.” If found guilty, the three felony charges carry a statutory maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. The indictment alleges that the 60-year-old Republican repeatedly lied to federal agents and misled them during an investigation into illegal contributions made to his re-election campaign by a foreign billionaire, Gilbert Chagoury. Under federal law, a foreign national is prohibited from contributing to any U.S. elections. According to the indictment, Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Chagoury arranged for $30,000 of his money to be contributed through other individuals to Fortenberry’s campaign during a fundraiser held in Los Angeles, …


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