JACKSONVILLE – A federal judge is expected to sentence former federal Rep. Corrine Brown today for fraud and other charges related to an alleged charity for poor students she used as a fund for personal bribes.
The 71-year-old Brown man must appear in court this morning in Jacksonville. Brown represented Jacksonville in a congressional district that stretched south of Orlando during his nearly 25-year career.
Brown, a Democrat who was one of the first three African-Americans elected to the Florida Congress since Reconstruction, was able to spend the rest of his life in prison.
A federal jury in May convicted her of 18 of the 22 charges against her, including fraud, lying on her tax returns and financial disclosures from Congress.
Prosecutors described a pattern of fraud by Brown and his badistant principal that included the use of hundreds of thousands of dollars from One Door for Education Foundation for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions.
Brown's former chief of staff, Elias "Ronnie" Simmons, and One Door executive director Carla Wiley accepted plea agreements and testified against Brown. They are also scheduled to be sentenced on Monday.
Federal prosecutors said the three used One Door to bring in more than $ 800,000 between 2012 and 2016, including a high-profile golf tournament at TPC Sawgrbad.
The One based at Virginia Door only handed out a $ 1,200 scholarship to an unidentified person in Florida, according to court documents.
Simmons told the jury that his boss ordered him to take cash and checks from the One Door account on dozens of occasions and deposit the money in Brown's personal account.
Brown testified in self-defense, saying he forgot the details of One Door's money, and blamed Simmons for the theft.
District Court Judge Timothy Corrigan could sentence Brown to many years in prison for each of his 18 counts.
His lawyers argued for leniency at a hearing last month, saying that Brown's community work should mitigate his crimes.
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