Nation: Refund, Please

Retrieving Abscam bribes

During the course of Abscam, the FBI handed out more than $400,000 in bribes to Congressmen and various middlemen. Now the Government is planning to file suits to get the money back. To recover the sums under federal bribery law, the Government can only sue people who have been convicted of taking bribes. So far, the prosecutors have won all four trials that have been completed. The two best-known defendants to be found guilty are Congressmen Michael ("Ozzie") Myers of Philadelphia and John Jenrette of South Carolina, both defeated in...

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