Former Congressman Bill Jefferson looks to overturn civil judgment

Former Congressman Bill Jefferson looks to overturn civil judgment
William Jefferson is trying to have a civil judgement overturned. (Source: William Jefferson)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson is asking a court to overturn a $392,000 civil judgment for stockholders in a company tied to a criminal case that put the lawmaker in jail for more than five years.

Jefferson is asking a federal judge to undue a decision that would have him pay money to iGate Inc. investors.

Jefferson was convicted on 11 charges, but nine were overturned. He argues that the civil award was based on the charges that were overturned, according to court documents.

Jefferson, a Democrat from New Orleans, served 18 years in Congress. He was originally sentenced to 13 years in prison. He was accused of taking bribes and money laundering.

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