Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Then-U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert greets a supporter in Yorkville, Ill., in August 2007, after he announced that he would not seek another term in Congress. Hastert was indicted May 28 on charges of evading cash-withdrawal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI, in connection with what the indictment described as $3.5 million in hush money slowly taken out and paid to an unnamed individual. (Reuters/Landov)
Then-U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert greets a supporter in Yorkville, Ill., in August 2007, after he announced that he would not seek another term in Congress. Hastert was indicted May 28 on charges of evading cash-withdrawal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI, in connection with what the indictment described as $3.5 million in hush money slowly taken out and paid to an unnamed individual. (Reuters/Landov)

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The 73-year-old Illinois Republican is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to a person identified only as "Individual A," "in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A." The indictment charges that Hastert began withdrawing money from various bank accounts, and that beginning in approximately July 2012 he started structuring those withdrawals in increments of less than $10,000 to evade currency transaction requirements that withdrawals of $10,000 or more be reported.

The indictment says that, when questioned in December 2014 about the withdrawals, Hastert falsely stated he was keeping the cash.

If convicted Hastert could face five-year prison terms for each of the two counts, and fines of up to $500,000.

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