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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida, who was a “once-powerful Democrat,” is pleading guilty to federal charges.
She was previously let out early on a five-year sentence during the COVID-19 pandemic. But now she’s going back to prison.
75-year-old Brown initially pleaded not guilty to 18 charges, including mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, and filing false tax returns. She’s changing her plea to guilty, but it’s unclear which specific charges Brown is pleading guilty to.
There is a scheduled upcoming hearing with U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan.
While operating a non-profit organization, Brown was found guilty of fraud. Money received by her non-profit was actually transferred to her private accounts and was used for throwing parties, luxury vacations, and shopping.
Brown’s 2017 conviction was thrown out by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The judge was accused of “improperly removing a juror during deliberations who had said the ‘Holy Spirit’ told him she was innocent.”
More on this story via Associated Press:
Brown, 75, served about two years of a five-year sentence before her release in April 2020 because of fears her age made her more susceptible to the coronavirus pandemic in prison.
Before the fraud case, Brown represented the Jacksonville area in Congress for about 25 years. In 1992, after a state legislative career, she became one of the first three Black people elected to Congress from Florida since Reconstruction.
Prosecutors said she siphoned money from the One Door for Education Foundation for personal use. They said the pattern of fraud by Brown and her top aide included using hundreds of thousands of dollars from the foundation to pay for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions.
Federal prosecutors said Brown, her chief of staff and One Door’s executive director used the charity to bring in more than $800,000 between 2012 and 2016, through donations and events including a high-profile golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass.
The Virginia-based One Door gave out only one scholarship, for $1,200, to an unidentified person in Florida, according to court documents.