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Businessman Pleads Guilty To Bribing Rep. Jefferson

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According to that document, Jackson met Jefferson in 2000. The Democratic lawmaker later persuaded the Army to test iGate's broadband technology. Eventually, Jefferson helped iGate land a contract at Fort Stewart, an Army base in Georgia.

In early 2001, Jefferson told Jackson he would no longer use his position to help the company unless Jackson agreed to pay money to the ANJ Group, whose principals included Jefferson's wife and children, the document stated.

Jackson signed a "professional services agreement" to conceal the illegal nature of the payments," which included $7,500 a month to the Jefferson family company, 5 percent of gross sales over $5 million each year and 5 percent of all capital investments in iGate, the court document said.

In addition, Jackson agreed to transfer options for 1 million shares of iGate stock over five years.

To collect the bribes, Jefferson's family company sent numerous fake invoices to iGate that appeared to be signed by Jefferson's wife, the document said.

"Jackson believed that in the event Jackson did not pay these invoices [Jefferson] would stop performing official acts on behalf of iGate and take affirmative steps to impede the success of iGate," the document said.

Around June 2003, Jefferson brought together iGate and Netlink Digital Television, a Nigerian company seeking Internet technology for Africa. The company agreed to invest $45 million in iGate and put up $6.5 million.

Anticipating that the venture would reap handsome profits, Jefferson successfully demanded that Jackson increase the congressman's cut of the company profits in Africa from 5 percent to 35 percent, the document said.

In the spring of 2004, iGate and the Nigerian digital television company quit doing business after a dispute. The same year, Brett Pfeffer, a former aide to Jefferson, came into the picture.

Pfeffer, 37, worked for Lori Mody, a wealthy Northern Virginia woman who invested in iGate's ventures in Nigeria and Ghana. In early 2005, Mody became concerned about the business arrangement, went to the FBI and agreed to record conversations.

In January, Pfeffer pleaded guilty to bribing Jefferson and agreed to cooperate.


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