The Justice Department indicted Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) on multiple charges Thursday, including lying to the FBI and illegally transferring millions of dollars to a victim of undisclosed past misconduct.
The U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois handed down the indictment, laying out allegations from the DOJ and Internal Revenue Service.
According to the indictment, Hastert agreed to provide an unnamed individual $3.5 million "in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct" against that individual.
Hastert resigned from his position as a lobbyist at law and lobby firm Dickstein Shapiro following the indictment, according to a firm spokesman.
"Dennis Hastert has resigned from the firm. Scott Thomas will continue to lead the Public Policy & Political Law Practice," a firm spokesman said in an email to The Hill.
Authorities became suspicious after Hastert withdrew sums of money from various accounts totaling more than $1.7 million in cash in ways that allegedly attempted to get around bank reporting regulations, a practice known as “structuring.” Then, the indictment claims, he lied to the FBI about the reason for the withdrawals.
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