Oct 19, 2021 10:00 AM

US Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska expects to be indicted

Posted Oct 19, 2021 10:00 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska expects to be charged with lying to the FBI while federal agents were investigating campaign contributions funneled to him from a Nigerian billionaire.

The nine-term Republican 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.

Knowingly making false statements to a federal agent is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

The expected indictment stems from an FBI investigation into $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions from Gilbert Chagoury, including $30,200 to Fortenberry in 2016.

The contributions were funneled through a group of Californians from 2012 through 2016.