Oct 20, 2021 12:29 AM

Indictment accuses Nebraska congressman of lying to FBI

Posted Oct 20, 2021 12:29 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, accusing him of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents who were investigating campaign contributions funneled to him from a Nigerian billionaire.

The U.S. attorney’s office announced that the federal grand jury in Los Angeles had indicted the nine-term Republican on one charge of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators.

The congresssman is proclaiming his innocence and promising to fight the charges.

Fortenberry says in a YouTube video posted Monday night that he was “shocked” and “stunned” by the allegations.