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Democrats convicted of Corruption (111 corrupt politicians):
-Mario Biaggi (D) (served from 1969 to 1988) was a U.S. Representative from New York and former New York City police officer.
– William Jennings "Bill" Jefferson (D)
On November 13, 2009, Jefferson was sentenced to thirteen years in federal prison for bribery after acorruption investigation, the longest sentence
ever handed down to a congressman for bribery or any other crime. He began serving that sentence in May 2012 at a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility
– John Wilson Jenrette, Jr. (D)
He served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from January 1975 until December 1980. He was convicted of accepting a bribein the FBI's
- Raymond Francis Lederer (D)
Lederer was videotaped at a motel in New York on September 11, 1979, at a meeting with two undercover agents who presented themselves as
representatives of a supposed Arab sheik. Accepting $50,000 in cash, he told the agents "I can give you me" in exchange for the money.
Michael J. Matthews (D) (January 7, 1934 – January 2, 2014) was Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1982 to 1984. He was mayor for 21 months
before he was recalled and sent to prison for extortion while serving as mayor.
Michael Joseph "Ozzie" Myers (D)
Myers is best known for his involvement in the Abscamscandal in 1980. Myers was videotaped accepting a bribe of $50,000 from undercover FBI agents on
August 22, 1979. On that tape, Myers is recorded saying that "money talks and bull# walks."
- Frank Thompson, Jr. (D)
In 1980, Thompson was one of six Congressmen who was implicated in the Abscam sting. His image was subsequently tarnished, and he lost a reelection
bid. Thompson resigned his seat on December 29, 1980, several weeks after his defeat. In 1981, he was convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges, and
sentenced to three years in prison.
Albert Garza Bustamante (D) (born April 8, 1935) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas. A Democrat, he was a
prominent Hispanic member of the House. Bustamante was convicted of accepting bribes and racketeering in 1993 and was sentenced to 42 months in
- James Anthony Traficant, Jr. (D)
He was expelled after being convicted of taking bribes, filing false tax returns, racketeering and forcing his aides to perform chores at his farm in
Ohio and houseboat in Washington, D.C.
- Harrison Arlington "Pete" Williams, Jr. (D)
Williams was convicted on May 1, 1981 for taking bribes in the Abscam sting operation,and resigned from the U.S. Senate in 1982 before a planned
- James "Jim" Boyce Black (D)
Black pleaded guilty to a federal charge of public corruption on February 15, 2007, a felony carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a
$250,000 fine. He admitted to accepting funds fromchiropractors while their professional group had legislation pending in the North Carolina
General Assembly. As a result, he resigned from the General Assembly on February 14, 2007.
- Ricardo Jerome Bordallo (D)
In February 1987, Bordallo was convicted on ten counts of corruption and was sentenced to nine years in prison and fined more than $100,000. He was
accused of receiving over $100,000 worth of bribes and extortion in connection with favors he performed in office for campaign contributions. His
convictions on eight counts of bribery and extortion were overturned in August, 1988, leaving charges of obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
On December 13, 1989, he was sentenced to four years in prison on the remaining charges.
- Kathryn Inez Bowers (D)
In 2005, she was indicted on charges of corruption as a result of Operation Tennessee Waltz. She rejected a plea bargain she was offered in 2006.
In the August 3, 2006, primary she won the Democratic nomination for another term in the Tennessee Senate, but shortly thereafter she announced the
abandonment of her re-election campaign for "health reasons." According to a September 1, 2006, story in The Commercial Appeal, Bowers was arrested
for suspicion of DUI in Memphis the previous day.
- Wayne R. Bryant (D)
On March 29, Bryant was indicted on corruption charges for his alleged involvement in funneling millions to the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey in exchange for a no-show job allegedly provided by R. Michael Gallagher, the former dean at UMDNJ's School of Osteopathic Medicine who
has also been indicted with Bryant. He also faces charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, and bribery because of his acceptance of salary from the
University of Medicine and Dentistry, Rutgers University-Camden, and Gloucester County Board of Social Service while doing very little work.
- Dennis P. Elwell (D, former I)
On July 23, 2009, Elwell was arrested as part of Operation Bid Rig, a joint operation of the FBI, IRS, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District
of New Jersey into political corruption and money laundering. Elwell was charged with accepting a $10,000 cash bribe from an FBI informant who sought
assistance in building a hotel in Secaucus.
- John N. Ford (D)
In April 2007 Ford was convicted on Federal bribery charges. As of 2010 he is serving a sentence inU.S. federal prison.
- Joseph Peter Ganim (D)
On March 19, 2003, Ganim was convicted of 16 federal counts: one count each of racketeering,extortion, racketeering conspiracy, and bribery; two
counts of bribery conspiracy; eight counts of mail fraud, and two counts of filing a false tax return. Ganim was acquitted of six other
counts.Ganim surrendered his law license upon conviction. The charges arose from Ganim's "role in a six-year scheme to shake down city
contractors for more than $500,000 in cash, meals, clothing, wine and home renovations."
– Bob F. Griffin (D)
Griffin was convicted on federal corruption charges in 1998 and had his sentence commuted by Bill Clinton in 2001.
- Sharpe James (D)
On April 16, 2008, James was convicted of five counts of fraud by a federal jury and was subsequently sentenced to 27 months in prison.
- Edmund "Ed" Jew (D)
He was sentenced to 64 months in federal prison for extortion, and a year in county jail for perjury.
- Larry Paul Langford (D)
On December 1, 2008, Langford, along with investment banker William B. Blount and former state Democratic Chairman Al LaPierre, was arrested by the
FBI on a 101-count indictment allegingconspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns in connection with a long-running
bribery scheme. His public corruption trial ended on October 28, 2009 with convictions on 60 counts, and resulted in his automatic removal from
- Mike Morgan (D)
On March 5, 2012, Morgan was convicted of program bribery, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison. Morgan has filed a motion for a new
- Martha Shoffner (D)
She was subsequently indicted on June 5, 2013 by a Federal Grand Jury on six counts of extortion under color of official right, one count of attempted
extortion under color of official right, and seven counts of receipt of a bribe by an agent of a state government receiving federal funds. She was
convicted of all counts on March 11, 2014 by a jury of seven women and five men.
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