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FBI inquired about Robert Wexler's investment of campaign money



Broward Bulldog: Months before popular Democrat Robert Wexler abruptly quit Congress last year federal agents interviewed two South Florida businessmen about his campaign’s unconventional $150,000 investment in a real estate venture. 

Two sources who also spoke with those agents, including a Republican political opponent whose complaint apparently sparked the inquiry, said authorities were seeking to determine whether the Robert Wexler for Congress campaign had engaged in money laundering. No charges have been filed. 

Wexler, a self-described “fire-breathing liberal,” shocked the political world in October 2009 with his unexpected mid-term announcement that he was resigning his politically safe House seat in North Broward and South Palm Beach. Wexler quit to lead a Middle East think tank founded by Slim-Fast founder S. Daniel Abraham. His final day was Jan. 2. 

“I’m not under any investigation, my marriage is intact, my health is good and thank God, the health of my family is good,” the seven-term congressman told reporters the day he resigned. 

But according to Ken Krefetz, the longtime owner of Miami-based Metropolitan Petroleum Company, agents from the FBI and the IRS came to his office in December 2008 to question him about Wexler and Wexler campaign investment manager, Roy T. Amico

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 11:53am]


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