Democrat Sentenced To 5 Years After 18 Count Felony Conviction
A former House Democrat congresswoman who served for 24 years in Congress was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Monday.
Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) failed in her 2016 re-election bid after she was indicted on federal charges for fraud and tax crimes, including raising $800,000 for a sham charity, Jacksonville.com reports.
“This was a crime born out of entitlement and greed committed to ensure a lifestyle that was beyond their means,” U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan said at Monday’s sentencing, reports the Florida Times-Union.
“Just think of the good that could have been done with that money if it would have been used for its intended purpose,” Judge Corrigan added.
Brown was found guilty on 18 counts – 13 related to her charity scam – involving fraud, conspiracy, concealing income and filing false tax returns.
The sentencing hearing marks the final chapter of a legal saga that has unfolded over the last 17 months since the 12-term congresswoman’s career-ending indictment.
Brown, 71, lies at the center of a scheme that collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for a bogus charity — funds that were used instead to pad a lavish lifestyle that far exceeded the lawmaker’s means.
Brown served as a representative from northeastern Florida for nearly 25 years. The Democrat was one of the first three blacks to be elected to Congress from Florida since Reconstruction.
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 Sawgrass. The Virginia-based One Door only gave out one scholarship for $1,200 to an unidentified person in Florida, according to court documents.
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December 4th, 2017
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