Fortenberry asks court to dismiss indictment
Representative Jeff Fortenberry calls on federal judge to dismiss indictment alleging he lied to federal authorities investigating illegal contributions to his re-election campaign because charges should not have been laid in California .
Nebraska Republican accused of lying to FBI agents and other federal investigators who questioned him in connection with an investigation into Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, who was illegally embezzling money foreigner in American political campaigns, including that of Fortenberry. Foreign nationals, like Chagoury, are prohibited by law from making campaign contributions to U.S. federal candidates.
Fortenberry is charged with three felonies – one count of participating in a scheme to falsify and cover up important facts and two counts of misrepresenting the FBI and other federal investigators. Each charge carries a legal maximum of five years in federal prison.
Chagoury arranged to funnel $ 30,000 into Fortenberry’s re-election campaign in 2016 through middlemen. These middlemen transferred Chagoury’s money to the Fortenberry campaign during a fundraiser in Los Angeles.
In a Nov. 2 petition, Fortenberry attorney John Littrell argues the case should not have been filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California because the alleged crimes did not take place. in this state.