Fla Dem Corrine Brown sentenced to PRISON after shock corruption conviction
Dec 05, 2017, 01:11
Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years in prison by a federal judge in Jacksonville on Monday (Dec. 4) for fraud and other offenses related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Corrigan made it clear he may not stick to Brown's, Wiley's or Simmons' sentencing guideline ranges when he hands down their sentences Monday morning.
Brown's only spoken words during the sentencing were "thank you" directed at Corrigan after he handed down his decision.
Brown, 71, of Jacksonville, was convicted by a federal jury on May 11, on 18 counts of an indictment charging her with participating in a mail and wire fraud conspiracy and scheme, concealing material facts on required financial disclosure forms, obstructing the due administration of the internal revenue laws and filing false tax returns. Prosecutors have sought lighter sentences for them, citing their immediate cooperation in the case.
Brown's co-conspirators - Simmons, 51, of Laurel, Maryland and Wiley, 55, of Leesburg, Virginia - previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the education charity scheme on February 8, and March 3, 2016, respectively.
Instead, prosecutors said the money was used to pay for special events hosted or put on in her name, National Football League and concert tickets and other personal financial matters.
"Brown traded on her status as a member of Congress to facilitate donations to One Door", Corrigan said.
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Simmons and Wiley pleaded guilty to their charges and testified against Brown on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the trial last summer.
Simmons and Wiley, meanwhile, got lesser sentences. Wiley received a one-year sentence, followed by three years of probation.
In July 2016, Brown and Simmons were indicted.
The three have 14 days to appeal Corrigan's decision. A federal judge on Monday sentenced the Florida Democrat, who was voted out of office previous year, on 18 crimes ranging from conspiracy to fraud.
As a condition of their voluntary surrender, Brown can not leave the Middle District of Florida, and Simmons and Wiley are bound to Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Her attorney, James Smith, said she would appeal the sentence.
That said, Corrigan did not downplay the nature of the "shameless fraud" committed by the One Door 3, nor the gravity of "lining the pockets" of the co-conspirators with over $833,000 in misbegotten funds between 2012 and 2015. They too were requested to hand themselves over no sooner than January 8.
Brown, a Democrat, served Florida's 5th Congressional District from 1993 through early 2017.
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