Former Democratic Rep Corrine Brown was running a fake charity with two aides to benefit themselves. She was convicted of 18 felonies and sentenced to five years in prison. Her charity was called One Door for Education. The goal of it was, allegedly, to send poor students to college. The charity raised almost $800k and still only gave a grant to one person. Most of the money was given to Brown’s personal bank account. She still claims she is innocent and is appealing the judge’s ruling. At 71 years old she may just be trying to keep delaying prison and pass away before she is locked up.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan sentenced ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on Monday to five years in federal prison for fraud and tax crimes that include raising about $800,000 for a sham charity, a remarkable defrocking of the once-powerful and garrulous Jacksonville Democrat who inspired devotion and vitriol in equal parts throughout her decades in public office.
Brown’s longtime chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, was sentenced to 48 months in prison, and the fake charity’s founder, One Door for Education President Carla Wiley, was sentenced to 21 months.
The trio fractured under the weight of the prolonged federal investigation and trial: Wiley and Simmons were once lovers, and Brown has said she loved Simmons like a son. In court, they were all on different sides.
Brown tried to paint a picture that she was suckered into this operation by her chief of staff, but Judge Corrigan was having none of it.
“This was a crime born out of entitlement and greed committed to ensure a lifestyle that was beyond their means.”
“Ms. Brown was personally responsible for all or nearly all of the $833,000 that flowed into One Door because, without her clout, donors would not have given to One Door. Even if she did not know how all the money was being used, there was never any intent that the bulk of the money would be used for charitable purposes.”
The earliest Brown would be locked up would be January 8th. Her lawyer is appealing the ruling and is hoping for only probation.