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Former Democratic Congresswoman Faces 357 Years in Prison

Former Rep Corrine Brown of Florida has been indicted for stealing money from a non-profit that uses it’s money to send disadvantaged children to college.  If convicted on all counts she could serve up to 357 years behind bars.

From The Examiner:

She partied with Nancy Pelosi, traveled on Air Force one next to President Obama, and cast her superdelegate vote for Hillary Clinton. But today Corrine Brown is in federal court for stealing scholarship money from school children.

The disgraced congresswoman must defend against charges that she funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars from a non-profit charity, One Door for Education, into her own pocket. If convicted on all 24 counts, she faces 357 years in prison and $4.8 million in fines.

Her conviction seems assured as her campaign manager is slated to testify against her.  She was first elected in 1992 and from the very beginning it was obvious that she was ethically challenged.  The FEC charged her with taking foreign contributions and for using a private jet and not reporting it.

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The Florida Times Union put together a list of her shady dealings since her election to congress.

From The Conservative Tribune:

The duplicitous Democrat and former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was indicted by the Middle District of Florida’s U.S. Attorney’s office in July 2016 for allegedly stealing money for herself from a fund designated to provide scholarships to needy schoolchildren, and if convicted could face up to 357 years in prison and a $4.8 million fine.

Brown was charged with 24 counts that included “conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, concealing material facts on required financial disclosure forms, theft of government property, obstruction of the due administration of the internal revenue laws, and filing false tax returns,” according to a news release about the indictment.

The news release proceeded to explain how Brown and her chief of staff Elias “Ronnie” Simmons had engaged in a conspiracy to defraud unwitting donors to a supposed non-profit charity known as One Door For Education — Amy Anderson Scholarship Fund, to the tune of more than $800,000 purportedly destined to be used for college scholarships and computers for schools.

Except the purported charity was never officially registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and much of the money raised is alleged to have ultimately ended up in the private bank accounts of Brown and Simmons, among other conspirators, or being used to fund various events for their own personal benefit.

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