The indictment handed up in federal court in Alexandria., Va., Monday is more
than an inch thick and list 16 alleged violations of federal law that could keep Jefferson in prison for up to 200 years.
Almost two years ago, in August 2005, investigators raided
Jefferson's home in Louisiana and found $90,000 in cash stuffed into a box in
Jefferson, 63, whose Louisiana district includes New Orleans, has said little about the case publicly but has maintained his innocence. He was re-elected last year despite the looming investigation.
Jefferson, in Louisiana on Monday, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Two of Jefferson's associates have already struck plea bargains with prosecutors and have been sentenced.
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