TIL about Operation ABSCAM, which was a FBI sting operation carried out in 1980 to trap corrupt politicians. Which included a senator and six congressmen

Read more: https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/abscam

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  1. Of the 31 targeted officials, the following Congressmen were convicted of bribery and conspiracy in 1981:

    US Senator Harrison A. Williams (D-NJ)

    US Representative Frank Thompson (D-NJ)

    US Representative John Jenrette (D-SC)

    US Representative Raymond Lederer (D-PA)

    US Representative Michael “Ozzie” Myers (D-PA)

    US Representative John M. Murphy (D-NY)

    US Representative Richard Kelly (R-FL)

    Five other government officials were convicted, including:

    Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Angelo Errichetti (D)

    Philadelphia, PA City Council President George X. Schwartz (D)

    Philadelphia, PA City Councilman Harry Jannotti (D)

    Philadelphia, PA City Councilman Louis Johanson (D)

    An inspector for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service

    1 republican and the rest democrats…

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