Ex-Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown Sentenced For Wire And Tax Fraud Involving Fake Charity
On Monday former Florida Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown was sentenced to 5 years in Prison for her involvement in a fake charity and convicted of wire, mail, and tax fraud.
Fox news reports;
A jury convicted Brown of stealing money from a bogus charity, One Door For Education, which purported to give scholarships to poor children.
Judge Tim Corrigan issued the sentence for Brown. She will have to serve 60 months, about 5 years, in federal prison after she was found guilty on 18 total counts of corruption. Brown will also have to pay $62,650.99 in restitution to the IRS and pay a portion of $452,515.87 in restitution to other parties she cheated.
Brown testified in her own defense and continued to claimed she was in the dark on the details of the money, shifting blame on her aide.
The FBI released a full statement regarding the sentencing of Corrine Brown and her co-conspirators.
“It is incredibly disappointing that an elected official, who took an oath year after year to serve others, would exploit the needs of children and abuse the charitable hearts of constituents to advance her own personal and political agendas, and deliver them with virtually nothing. I am proud of the exceptional work of the special agents, analysts and support personnel who spent countless hours following the money trail in this case. Their work is some of the most complex, tedious, and significant work we do for the American public. It is an exceptionally difficult task, but rooting out public corruption is a priority for which the FBI will continue to dedicate the resources necessary to investigate, because the impact on everyday people is real. We thank our law enforcement partners at the IRS-CI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for their efforts to hold Brown and her associates accountable for their inexcusable actions.”