Former Democrat representative out of Florida, Corrine Brown, was found guilty of 18 of the 22 charges she had against her. This will not be the first in prison for Brown. She was let out early while serving a five-year sentence during the COVID panic. She was found guilty of fraud pertaining to a non-profit she operated. The money her non-profit took in was transferred to her private accounts and was used for throwing parties, luxury vacations, and shopping.
Her charity, “One Door for Education Foundation”, is supposed to be for poor and impoverished children, but instead, she used portions of the money to live an opulent lifestyle. So much for this Democrat caring for the children.
On Wednesday, Brown plead to one count of tax fraud in her federal case. She admitted she defrauded the IRS by deducting charitable contributions that she never made. She apparently used the money to throw lavish parties and finance vacations
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan scheduled a change of plea hearing Wednesday morning for Brown, a once-powerful Florida Democrat who had previously pleaded not guilty to 18 charges including mail and wire fraud, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.
Brown’s lawyers did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
The second trial had been set to begin Sept. 12. Brown’s original 2017 conviction was thrown out by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because Corrigan improperly removed a juror during deliberations who had said the “Holy Spirit” told him she was innocent.
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.
According to a report from News4Jax, Brown has been receiving her pension all this time and she will continue to receive it in the coming years even after pleading guilty to a tax crime.
After Corrine Brown was convicted, News4JAX reported that she could continue to receive her pension while she appealed her conviction. Once it was thrown out, she continued to receive it while awaiting a new trial, which had been scheduled for the fall of 2022.
News4Jax has learned that in order for a member of Congress to lose their pension for a felony conviction, the crime must be related to their congressional actions.