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    Dem Congresswoman Corrine Brown GUILTY of 18 FELONIES

    Former cogresswoman convicted of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, tax fraud


    [P]rosecutors put on a detailed criminal case that outlined a pattern of fraud by Brown, 70, that included using hundreds of thousands of dollars from the One Door for Education Foundation for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions. Brown, a Democrat who represented the Florida district that included Jacksonville from 1993 to 2016, had pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, including fraud. She lost re-election last fall after her indictment. She later released the following statement: While I respect the jury's decision, I disagree with it, and I want to make it clear that I maintain my innocence. I did not commit these crimes, and I intend to file a motion for a new trial.

    The prosecution called 41 witnesses, including FBI and IRS agents, former donors, well-respected community leaders and former Brown employees, to prove its allegations that Brown was greedy, had a “significant entitlement attitude,” and lived a lavish lifestyle using money stolen from One Door donors, who believed she was helping children with education. Federal prosecutors said One Door raised $833,000 but gave only $1,200 in scholarships. During closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Olshan told jurors that the real victims are the worthy students who could have gotten scholarships. Prosecutors also said Brown claimed on her taxes to have given four times more to charity ($28,000 a year) than she actually gave ($6,600 a year).

    The government's star witnesses were One Door director Carla Wiley and Simmons, Brown's former chief of staff. Both took plea deals and agreed to testify against Brown. The former lovers each admitted on the stand that they hatched a plan for One Door and stole the money that was supposed to go to scholarships for children. Simmons said that Brown did, too, and that she ordered him to take cash and checks from One Door's account. On dozens of occasions, Simmons said, he was told to take out of One Door's account the maximum $800 from an ATM near his house and deposit hundreds of it in Brown's personal account. Sometimes he kept some for himself. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, in one instance Simmons deposited $2,100 of One Door funds into Brown’s personal bank account the same day that Brown paid $2,057 to the IRS for taxes she owed.



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    Corrine Brown found guilty on 18 charges

    Stole scholarship money. Pretty low.
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    Good - glad she's going to jail. Just like so many politicians from both sides of aisle have done before her.

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    Good, she can sit her ass in jail. I expected better of Corrine. I remember her in the beginning, I thought she'd stay honest.

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    Let this be a lesson to both parties. Sometimes it takes a while, but no one is above the law.
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    Lived in Jax for about 13 years of the Hat Lady's career. Her corruption was a running joke, but her heavily gerrymandered district(s) kept right on electing her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginger View Post
    Let this be a lesson to both parties. Sometimes it takes a while, but no one is above the law.
    You might want to let Trump know that.

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    18 counts = 18 years. She should have to serve every minute of any sentence.
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    Sentence her to the max time and fine her as much as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    Lived in Jax for about 13 years of the Hat Lady's career. Her corruption was a running joke, but her heavily gerrymandered district(s) kept right on electing her.
    At one point, she actually claimed her prosecution was because of racism. That is just pitiful. She was caught so red handed, there was no way she was going to get out of it. Her co-conspirators testified against her for a plea deal. Now she says they're lying. I am waiting to see the sentence.
    Last edited by Ginger; 13th May 2017 at 12:25 PM. Reason: typo
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    You might want to let Trump know that.
    What laws has Trump broken? Care to show us any conviction that precluded Trump from being president?
    Try not to go off on a liberal tangent with imagined crimes and flights of hysteria.
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