Former Florida congresswoman get 5 years in prison for fraud

Corrine Brown, cohorts in fraud scheme to be sentenced Monday morning

A federal judge is expected to sentence former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown for fraud and other charges related to a purported charity for poor students she used as a personal slush fund. "The Criminal Division is committed to helping root out such fraud wherever we find it".

"I had nothing to do with anything pertaining to this charity", Brown said. Rooting out public corruption is a priority for which the Federal Bureau of Investigation will continue to dedicate the resources necessary to investigate, because the impact on everyday people is real. Her attorney said she plans to appeal the sentence.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown has been a political powerhouse.

Even her loyal constituents were outraged.

Simmons also will have to repay $91,621 to the U.S. House of Representatives for creating a fake congressional staffing position for his sister from 2001-16. "It is a sad day for this community", Judge Timothy Corrigan said in court, according to The Associated Press.

Brown, 71, went on to serve 12 terms in the House until she lost last year's election under the cloud of her indictment.

Brown's fraudulent activities centered around the Virginia-based charity One Door for Education Foundation.

"Considering all the work that she has done it is sad day, very sad day", Bolden said. All three defendants were ordered to pay total restitution of $452,515.87 to victims of the fraud scheme. Brown also owes an additional $62,000 in restitution to the IRS for lying on her taxes.


Brown's former chief of staff, Elias "Ronnie" Simmons, and One Door's executive director Carla Wiley accepted plea deals and testified against Brown.

The five-year prison sentence she now faces is below the minimum recommended guidelines. Numerous donors were led to believe that One Door was a properly registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, when, in fact, it was not.

Simmons told jurors that his boss ordered him to take cash and checks from One Door's account on dozens of occasions and deposit the money into the congresswoman's personal account.

Darker affirmed in her own guard, saying she was left oblivious about the subtle elements of One Door's cash, and faulted the robbery for Simmons. Likewise, trial evidence showed Brown and Simmons used the outside consulting company of one of Brown's employees to funnel One Door funds to Brown and others for their personal use.

Federal prosecutors said the three used One Door to bring in more than $800,000 between 2012 and 2016, through donations and events including a high-profile golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass.

The allegations - which, in addition to fraud, included lying on tax forms and congressional disclosures - had already cost Brown her seat in Congress: She lost a primary past year amid the scandal.

After a almost 25-year career in Congress, she was convicted in May and could have spent the rest of her life in prison.

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