US Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Found Guilty of Lying to FBI

A federal jury found Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska guilty of three felonies for lying to and misleading the FBI about his knowledge of campaign donations made with funds from a foreign national on Thursday.

Fortenberry, a 61-year-old Republican, is the highest-ranking elected official to be convicted of a felony in Nebraska history.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison said that Fortenberry repeatedly chose to conceal the violations of federal law to protect his job, reputation, and close associates after learning of illegal contributions to his campaign.

“The lies, in this case, threatened the integrity of the American electoral system and were designed to prevent investigators from learning the true source of campaign funds,” Wilkison added.

According to the Federal Election Commission, it is illegal for campaigns to accept contributions from foreign nationals.

U.S District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. set sentencing for Fortenberry on June 28. The congressman faces up to five years in prison on each count, although he could also receive supervised release.

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