Before there was Operation Bid Rig, Save Jerseyans, there was Abscam.
FBI agents, masquerading undercover as Middle Eastern businessmen toting briefcases of cash, pretended to try to purchase favors for a non-existent Arabian sheik from prominent American politicians. New Jersey State Senator and Camden City Mayor Angelo Errichetti was the most prominent/powerful Garden State politician to run afoul of the sting.
He wasn’t alone. The Abscam investigation also brought down Senator Harrison “Pete” Williams (D-NJ), six members of the House of Representatives including Frank Thompson (D-NJ), multiple members of Philly city council, and one federal Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector.
Now the long-awaited Abscam movie directed by Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell is just months away from release (Errichetti’s dramatized character, played by Actor Jeremy Renner, is renamed “Carmine Polito”); check out the latest trailer: