Former Florida Democrat Corrine Brown was issued a sentence of five years in federal prison Monday on a number of charges such among which are tax fraud and tax crimes.
Obtained by the Western Journal:
A judge sentenced Brown to five years in prison and a three-year supervised release.
Brown will be forced to surrender to authorities sometime after Jan. 8., according to WJAX.
The jury convicted Brown of stealing money from a fake charity, One Door For Education.
The “charity” was supposed to give scholarships to children who could not afford school, but instead the Democrat congresswoman used the donations to go on trips and purchase expensive items.
She also used the money to host parties.
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“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 virtually nothing,” the FBI said in a statement regarding the sentencing.
“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,” the statement added.
“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.”
Brown was seen praying with a group of supporters before her hearing, knowing she was facing life in prison.
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Brown’s attorney was pleading for a probation deal to avoid jail time.
However, the judge slapped Brown with five years behind bars.
Brown testified in her own defense, saying she was left in the dark about the details of One Door’s money and blaming the theft on Simmons.
Brown, who wore a purple suit to the hearing, made no comment as she left the courthouse in a black Mercedes. Her attorney, James Smith, said Brown was prepared for the possibility of a long sentence but still maintains her innocence.
“This is a woman who has overcome a lot … and this won’t be the last thing she has to overcome,” Smith told reporters outside the courthouse.
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