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Indicted Rep. Jefferson -- Bocca Bing!

What's a box of Boca Burgers worth? It all depends on whose freezer it's in.

At most grocery stores, a box of soy Boca Burgers goes for about $5. But in the notorious freezer of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), the price is jacked up - a lot.

According to recently unsealed documents in U.S. District Court in Washington, FBI agents who raided Jefferson's Capitol Hill home in August of 2005 found $20,000 in cash inside a Boca Burger box in the freezer.

Previous court documents stated only that $90,000 in hard cold cash was found in foil and frozen food containers. But a newly unsealed itemized inventory by FBI agents shows $20,000 of the total was tucked inside a Boca Burger box, $30,000 in a "Yes! Organic Market" bag and $20,000 in a not-so-organic Pillsbury pie crust box. (The other $20,000 - found in two stacks of $10,000, bound by rubber bands - was just wrapped in foil, you know, the normal way to keep cash in one's freezer.)

Who knew that Jefferson - who was indicted in May on 16 counts of bribery, racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice - was so... health conscious? (Except for that Pillsbury ready made crust; Poor guy must have fallen off the wagon briefly.)

We're now awaiting comment from the Rep. Jefferson on his dietary habits, i.e., how often he chooses soy over beef. (In the event he is convicted, it could be difficult, depending on the prison, to sustain a vegetarian-leaning lifestyle in the U.S. federal prison system.)

Besides Boca burgers, the newly unsealed documents also shed more light on the government's case against Jefferson, as the New Orleans Times Picayune reports.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 31, 2007; 10:20 AM ET
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