Former Nebraska congressman evades prison time for lying to the FBI

FILE - Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., center, speaks with the media outside the federal...
FILE - Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., center, speaks with the media outside the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, March 24, 2022. Fortenberry was convicted of charges that he lied to federal authorities about an illegal $30,000 contribution to his campaign from a foreign billionaire at a 2016 Los Angeles fundraiser. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)(Brian Melley | AP)
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 12:26 PM EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Gray DC) - Former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) won’t serve prison time. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Los Angeles sentenced Fortenberry to two years probation and a $25,000 fine.

In March, a federal jury found Fortenberry guilty of lying about receiving campaign donations from a foreign source. He resigned his seat in Congress shortly after.

In a statement, Fortenberry said, “I will be appealing this verdict. We are continuing the fight for fairness that we’ve waged throughout this process.”

Fortenberry had served Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District since 2005.

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