Republican Nebraska Representative Jeff Fortenberry says that he’s awaiting an indictment from the FBI for allegedly lying about campaign funds from a Nigerian billionaire, Gilbert Chagoury. Rep. Fortenberry adamantly denied the allegations and says he plans to fight whatever charges are brought against him.
The FBI is reportedly investigating over $180,000 in funds from Chagorgy that were dispersed between Fortenberry’s and three other candidate’s campaigns. The Nebraska Republican says that the funds were put into his account without his knowledge.
The Hill reports:
“About five and a half years ago, a person from overseas illegally moved money to my campaign — I didn’t know anything about this —and used some other Americans to do so they were all caught and punished thankfully,” Fortenberry said in a video with his wife Celeste Fortenberry and his dog.
Fortenberry is not facing legal trouble for receiving the funds, as his campaign has maintained that he was unaware of their origins, but rather is facing potential charges for what he said to the FBI.
According to the Nebraska congressman, the FBI contacted him two-and-a-half years ago and questioned him about the campaign contributions. As the congressman put it, he invited FBI agents into his home and answered their questions.
“They’ve accused me of lying to them and are charging me with this. We’re shocked, we’re stunned. I feel so personally betrayed. We thought we were trying to help and so now we will have to fight,” said Fortenberry. “To be accused of this is extremely painful and we are suffering greatly. We will fight these charges. [I] did not lie to them, I told them what I knew.”