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Disagraced Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown Convicted of Charity Fraud

13 Mai 2017

She had lost re-election last fall after her indictment.

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has been found guilty of siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from a charity that she and her chief of staff had passed off as a scholarship service for students. During these occasions, he would be directed to deposit the maximum $800 from the account at an ATM near his house and then deposit hundreds into her personal account.

Corrine Brown was one of the first African-American women to be elected to public office at a time where the idea of black politicians was still relatively unheard of.

"Corrupt public officials undermine the integrity of our government and violate the public's trust, and that is why investigating public corruption remains the FBI's top criminal priority", Spencer said. Brown's former chief of staff, Elias "Ronnie" Simmons, and the charity's president, Carla Wiley, both previously pleaded guilty to misusing the charity's funds and testified against Brown.

She was convicted of 18 of the 22 charges against her, including lying on her taxes and on her congressional financial disclosure forms.

In 1998, the House Ethics Committee announced they were questioning her on a range of ethics concerns, including a $10,000 check she received from a Baptist leader in legal trouble and a $50,000 auto her daughter received from a Gambian millionaire, who was an associate of Brown's facing jail time in Florida on bribery charges.

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Simmons said Brown ordered him to take cash and checks from One Door's account that was put into the congresswoman's personal accounts.

Evidence at trial showed that between late 2012 and early 2016, Brown participated in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving One Door for Education - Amy Anderson Scholarship Fund (One Door) in which Brown, Simmons, Wiley and others acting on their behalf solicited more than $800,000 in charitable donations based on false representations that the donations would be used for college scholarships and school computer drives, among other charitable causes.

"Former Congresswoman Brown chose greed and personal gain over the sacred trust given to her by the community that she served for many years".

Brown's sentencing date has not yet been set.

"Brown watched the judge read each verdict in a silent courtroom with no visible reaction". More than $300,000 of the Foundation's money was used to fund events held in Brown's honor or for personal expenses, which included a luxury box at a professional football game and a golf tournament held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Disagraced Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown Convicted of Charity Fraud