Friday, April 11, 2008

Betty Jefferson's Name Pops Up In Probe

Another member of the Jefferson Crime Family has been implicated in dirty dealings. Does this surprise anyone?

The indictment charging state Sen. Derrick Shepherd with fraud also details alleged money laundering by an unnamed "Public Official B," who sources close to the investigation said is 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson, sister of indicted U.S. Rep. William Jefferson.

The sprawling indictment, released Thursday, accuses Shepherd and two alleged co-conspirators of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. "Public Official B" is accused of helping to launder "additional criminal proceeds."

Betty Jefferson matches the description in Thursday's indictment, which says "Public Official B" is a family member of "Public Official A."

With regard to Betty Jefferson, the indictment says that Moyo funneled $320,000 in four transactions to accounts belonging to "XYZ Services," a company controlled by "Public Official B" (Betty Jefferson, according to sources) and "associated" with "Public Official A" (William Jefferson, the sources say).

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