After a almost 25-year career representing Florida in Congress, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was found guilty on Thursday of taking money from a charity that was purported to be giving scholarships to poor students.
Brown’s charges include seven counts of wire fraud, five of mail fraud, one of conspiracy, and three of falsifying tax returns. Brown, who once called the case a “half-truth witch-hunt”, has been released on bail until a sentencing hearing is set.
But the 12-term, Jacksonville-based congresswoman was also a master of constituent services, using “Corrine Delivers” as a slogan to tout her ability to bring home projects and services to the voters who elected her. Considered a pillar of Jacksonville and surrounding areas, the Democratic representative reigned supreme over all of her political opponents for nearly 20 years.
Brown, Simmons, and One Door’s President Carla Wiley are accused of soliciting more than $800,000 in donations to One Door- which they promoted as a non-profit- and using the money instead for personal expenses and events. Brown Johnson and the company she works for, Bright House, are directly involved in four counts of the indictment.
The final chapter of her legacy is being written in a Jacksonville federal courthouse, that she, as a congresswoman, helped build.
Most chose not to comment on whether Brown committed the crimes she’s been convicted of. “Brown-found-guilty-in-charity-scam” target=”_blank”>she illegally transferred thousands of dollars from her charity into her own bank for lavish trips, shopping and parties.
The trial closed with two days of Brown on the stand, telling the jury the government’s assessment of her financial history was “garbage” and that she “did not steal”.
The jury could find her guilty on any or all of the charges, but each verdict must be unanimous or a hung jury will be declared on that charge, which could lead to a retrial. She had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown was found guilty of fraud. “This is just part one of a very long process”. The organizations’ director also said that Brown directed him to withdraw money from One Door’s accounts and direct it into her personal accounts. I ask that you continue to pray for and support me. Sometimes he kept some for himself.