Former House Speaker Wants Money Back

Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert wants the man who accused him of sexual abuse to return $1.7 million in so-called hush money. Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for illegally structuring bank withdrawals to avoid reporting requirements.

Federal prosecutors believe Hastert sexually abused several male students when Hastert was a wrestling coach. However, the statute of limitations to file sexual abuse charges had run. Federal prosecutors went with an alternative option for holding Hastert accountable, which was indicting him for banking violations.

Read the full story here at the LA Times.

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