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Rags to riches to prison for ex-congressman

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - William Jefferson, who rose from north Louisiana poverty to become the state's first modern era African-American congressman and one of its most powerful politicians, is expected to report to a federal prison Friday.

A federal investigation dissolved his power and turned him into a laughing stock over bribe money hidden in his freezer.

Jefferson, a Harvard-educated lawyer with a master's degree in taxation from Georgetown University, had a soft-spoken, professorial demeanor that belied his reputation as a hardball politician and money-hungry businessman.

The FBI set up a sting in 2005 after a businesswoman said she had been cheated out of $3.5 million in deals brokered by Jefferson.

He was convicted in 2009 of soliciting bribes in connection with African business deals. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

 

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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