Nebraska GOP congressman indicted by federal grand jury

Fortenberry has been charged with two counts of making false statements and one count of scheming to conceal facts in connection to potentially illegal campaign contributions.

Updated: October 19, 2021 - 9:54pm

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A federal grand jury on Tuesday issued an indictment for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) for allegedly making false statements to law enforcement and concealing information concerning 2016 campaign contributions. 

According to The Hill, Fortenberry has been charged with two counts of making false statements and one count of scheming to conceal facts.

In a video obtained by the Omaha World-Herald, Fortenberry denied any wrongdoing on his part.

"We will fight these charges. I did not lie to them," Fortenberry said in the video. “This is wrong on so many levels."

According to an FBI investigation, $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions from a Nigerian billionaire allegedly were given to four congressional candidates after being funneled through a California company. 

Federal law prohibits non-American citizens from donating to any political campaign.

Fortenberry allegedly received $30,000 from the international donor.

According to the indictment, Fortenberry "knowingly and willfully falsified, concealed, and covered up by trick, scheme, and device material facts" concerning the illegal campaign contributions. 

Fortenberry has served in the House since 2005, and maintains that he has never knowingly received donations from any foreign nationals.