The Movie 'American Hustle' is based on a real-life FBI sting from the late 1970's that developed into the ABSCAM scandal which rocked Washington in the early 1980's

Six U.S. Representatives and a U.S. Senator were among a group of political figures that pleaded guilty to taking bribes.

Here are some real-life videos and news reports from the archives that give you an idea where the movie came from.