Former Speaker Hastert's Corrupt Past Cashes Out

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. presidency. According to a federal grand jury indictment handed down on Thursday in Chicago, Hastert was allegedly trying to conceal the money.
The charges against the former Speaker of the House details one count of evading bank regulations as he withdrew tens of thousands of dollars at a time to make the payments. He is also charged with one count of lying to the FBI about the reason for the unusual bank withdrawals.
Each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.



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