Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown convicted of fraud scheme

Elias Hubbard
May 13, 2017

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown has been found guilty of mail and wire fraud.

The judge didn't set a date for Ms.

Reports indicated that Brown's aides deposited over $140,000 into the "Charity One Door for Education", which she used to cover her own expenses.

Brown, who served in the lower chamber from January 1993 - Jan. 2017, said she had made some mistakes, but maintained it was not intentional.

While facing the indictment Brown ran for re-election, but was defeated in her primary a year ago.

Brown, for her part, argued that the fraud was entirely the doing of Simmons, who earlier pleaded guilty and testified against her. "I am proud of our special agents, analysts and support personnel who spent countless hours following the money trail in this case, and 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". They showed a routine of fraud by the 70-year-old Democrat that included using the charity's money for lavish parties, trips, and spending.

Brown was found not guilty on four of the 22 total charges.

Count 1 is a conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud charge.

The jury has reached a verdict in the fraud and tax evasion trial of former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.

Smith said he plans to ask for a new trial.

Employees in the restaurant with roots dating back farther than Brown's three decade political career, say all eyes were on the television at 2 pm waiting to hear the jury's decision.

"Just like the rules don't apply to One Door they didn't apply to her taxes", he said, adding that her 2015 taxes were filed correctly after she learned of the federal investigation in January 2016.

Brown, known as a talkative politician who does not shy away from the media, stayed silent as she left the courthouse on Thursday. Brown ordered him to take cash and checks from One Door's account. Though Brown was upset and fought against the changes to her district, she ended up winning reelection during her next campaign anyway.

Brown claimed that she was unaware of what would happen with the charity's money, placing on the blame on Simmons. "I'm confident he's not going to fool you". She also says she didn't know her chief of staff was putting thousands into her account and taking well over $100,000 for himself.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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