Former U.S. Rep. Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for fraud and tax crimes for allegedly soliciting money for a sham charity that defrauded donors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Brown was found guilty in May of conspiracy, five counts of mail fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, one count of scheme to conceal material facts, one count of obstruction of IRS laws and three tax fraud charges. She was accused of conspiring with her longtime chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, and the fake charity’s founder, Carla Wiley, to use her position as a member of Congress to solicit donations for the charity, then used the money for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions.

“This was a crime born out of entitlement and greed committed to ensure a lifestyle that was beyond their means,” [U.S. District Judge Timothy] Corrigan said.

“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.”

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