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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.
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
Roberts, John G., Jr.: Files
F99-105 Fish Abscam