WASHINGTON -- Nebraska attorney David Steier and Florida developer Leonard Briscoe have been indicted in Florida on charges of conspiring to bribe a government official with $100,000 disguised as a consultant fee to Mr. Steier for bond and tax advice.

The indictment, which stems from the two-year-old investigation of the HUD scandal, charges that Mr. Steier and Mr. Briscoe comspired to bribe Dubois Gilliam, a Housing and Urban Development Department deputy assistant secretary, to obtain approval of Urban Development Action Grants worth $11.6 million for three of Mr. Briscoe's housing and development projects in Riviera Beach and Belle Glade, Fla.

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