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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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The ABSCAM scandal of the late 1970s and early 1980s was one well-known such scandal.
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Inspired by the '70s Abscam scandal where a senator and several congressmen were convicted, this con movie follows the story of hustlers and lovers Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Adams) as they are used by FBI Agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) in a sting operation that aims to catch corrupt government officials including Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner).
Russell's "American Hustle,'' about con artists and the 1970s Abscam scandal, has drawn local audiences since it opened here Dec.
Murtha (D-Pa.), 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.
Schwartz, went to federal prison in 1985 for conspiring to extort a $30,000 payoff in the Abscam scandal. in addition to the expense, the quality of the work has been questioned.
The plot, loosely based on the 1970s Abscam scandal, centers on people trying to reinvent their lives, so the film is about posturing, self-invention, and the gap between image and reality.
"American Hustle'' is loosely inspired by the ABSCAM scandal in the late '70s and early '80s.
Budgetary considerations aside, it's the range of subject matter and approach that's most impressive: "Philomena," the story of a journalist who helps a mother search for her missing son, to "Lone Survivor," the saga of a special ops mission gone wrong; "Before Midnight," the third chapter of a couple's decades-long love story, to "American Hustle," which tracks a fictional version of the 1970s Abscam scandal. The films cover a lot of territory and a lot of human experience.
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.'' The note sets the facetious tone for the corruption smear -- six congressmen and a senator really went down -- that riddled New York in the late '70s and early 1980s.
In preparation for that role, Bale became obsessed with taking on the squat appearance of Melvin Weinberg, the real-life conman with a horrible combover, who inspired his character Irving Roseufeld, in the fictionalized retelling of the Abscam scandal.