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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., on Thursday was found guilty of lying to the federal authorities about an illegal campaign contribution made from a foreign billionaire in 2016. 

The federal jury convicted Fortenberry on three counts: two of making false statements and one of concealing and falsifying material information, The Associated Press reported.

Fortenberry could face five years in prison for each count, in addition to fines.

Prosecutors accused Fortenberry of accepting $30,000 at a Los Angeles fundraiser from Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian-born billionaire of Lebanese descent, the AP stated. 

Fortenberry, who has served in Congress since 2005, is nonetheless campaigning for reelection this Fall.

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