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U.S. scandal resulting from an investigation begun in 1978 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI created a front (Abdul Enterprises, Ltd., hence, Abscam) for its agents, who, posing as associates of an Arab sheik, offered selected public officials money or other considerations in exchange for special favors. The videotaped meetings resulted in the indictments (1980) and convictions of one senator and four congressmen on charges including bribery and conspiracy; another congressman was convicted on lesser charges. The FBI's tactics raised questions about entrapmententrapment,
in law, the instigation of a crime in the attempt to obtain cause for a criminal prosecution. Situations in which a government operative merely provides the occasion for the commission of a criminal act (e.g.
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, and the conviction of Florida Rep. Richard Kelly was overturned (1982).
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Russell's "American Hustle,'' about con artists and the 1970s Abscam scandal, has drawn local audiences since it opened here Dec.
who was investigated but not charged in the Abscam scandal more than two decades ago, as her second-in-command.
Murtha were broadcast for all to see - from his quid-pro-quo addiction to moneyed lobbyists to the grainy government tape of his involvement in the Abscam scandal a generation ago.
expelled from the House following his bribery conviction in the Abscam scandal in 1980.
Schwartz, went to federal prison in 1985 for conspiring to extort a $30,000 payoff in the Abscam scandal.
American Hustle'' is loosely inspired by the ABSCAM scandal in the late '70s and early '80s.
Loosely chronicling the FBI investigation designed to implicate government officials by way of bribery known as the ABSCAM scandal, Russell inserts this disclaimer at the start: ''Some of this actually happened.