On July 30, 2005, FBI agents videotaped Jefferson allegedly accepting $100,000 in marked bills from an informant, which were to be turned over to senior Nigerian official, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the country’s vice president. In a search of Jefferson’s home in Virginia several days later, FBI agents reportedly found $90,000 of the marked cash in Jefferson’s freezer.
On May 20, FBI agents raided Jefferson’s office on Capitol Hill in order to obtain materials and documents that Jefferson had refused to turn over despite being subpoenaed.
A Nigerian newspaper, This Day, reported Thursday that the Justice Department is seeking “documents and information on some government officials/institutions, private companies and individuals in relation to the official acts” by Jefferson as he sought to win a telecom contract for iGate, including details of his relationship with Abubakar. Jefferson allegedly would have received millions of dollars in the profits from any deal between Jackson’s company, iGate, and Nigerian telecom firms.