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US Justice Dept investigate congress members linked to Stanford money probe

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2009 | 9:12 AM

The United States Department of Justice has begun investigating members of Congress who allegedly received millions of dollars in contributions from indicted Texan billionaire, Sir Allen Stanford and his staff over the past decade.

The probe is to determine if Stanford received special favours from the legislators, while building his offshore Stanford International Bank in Antigua and Barbuda.

Agents are reportedly examining campaign dollars, as well as lavish Caribbean trips funded by Stanford for politicians and their spouses.

The Miami Herald has reported that for several years Stanford contributed to the campaigns of some members of the Congress, who had voted against stronger regulation into banks and offshore financial institutions.

However, Sir Allen’s court appointed attorney, Kent Schaffer says his client never asked for special favours.