ABSCAM

Scope and Content Note:

Abscam (sometimes ABSCAM) was a US political scandal in 1980. The FBI set up a sting operation which led to the arrest of members of Congress for accepting bribes.

The FBI set up Abdul Enterprises, Ltd. in 1978 and FBI employees posed as Middle Eastern businessmen in videotaped talks with government officials. The phony employees offered money in return for political favors to a non-existent sheik. It was the first major operation by the FBI to trap corrupt public officials. As of 1970, only ten members of Congress had ever been convicted of accepting bribes.

In early 1980, media reports surfaced that FBI personnel were targeting members of Congress in a sting operation. The operation was dubbed Abscam after the name of the phony company set up by the FBI.

WHORM SUBJECT FILES

 

FG006-01      casefile 069502

 

JL001             casefile 140899

 

JL002             casefile 264649

 

JL003             casefiles 050075, 087044, 103288, 110425, 120290, 122716, 162829, 248193

 

PE001            casefile 053212

 

WHITE HOUSE STAFF AND OFFICE FILES   

 

Fielding, Fred F.: Files

Box 23F

ABSCAM

 

Roberts, John G., Jr.: Files

Box 1

ABSCAM (1)-(4)

 

 

 

Updated: 10/26/1999                                                                                                               Most recent opening: 9/10/99

Case#                     Researcher                           Topic                                                      Pages                     Restricted

F99-105                   Fish                                         Abscam