(National Sentinel) Draining the Swamp: Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday for stealing money from a fake charity.
Before her trial, Brown told local media she was being targeted not for her corruption but because she is “a black woman with a mouth.”
“You changed my district completely,” Brown told WESH-2 in March. “The next was this indictment. It’s just unbelievable how they seem to make up the rules as they go. So I am looking forward to my day in court.”
When asked to define “they,” she responded, “The Justice Department” — which by then had been taken over by the Trump administration, though neither the current White House or Justice Department was involved in any congressional redistricting.
Asked why she would be targeted, she said, “I guess I’m a black woman with a mouth.”
The Hill reported that Brown was charged with 24 counts of fraud in connection with a fake charity, according to a grand jury indictment handed down in July. She was indicted along with her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons.
Prosecutors said that Brown and her associates were pocketing funds from a One Door for Education Inc., an organization that billed itself as a charity for poor students even though it was not properly registered as a nonprofit.
“Congresswoman Brown and her chief of staff are alleged to have used the congresswoman’s official position to solicit over $800,000 in donations to a supposed charitable organization, only to use that organization as a personal slush fund,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell in a statement.
Simmons and Brown, who had been in the House since 1993, used more than $200,000 in charity funds to put on a golf tournament, through extravagant receptions in Washington, D.C., and for luxury box seats at a Beyonce concern and an NFL game.
“It is incredibly disappointing that an elected official, who took an oath year after year to serve others, would exploit the needs of children and abuse the charitable hearts of constituents to advance her own personal and political agendas and deliver them with virtually nothing,” said FBI Special Agent Michelle Klimt in the statement in July.
On Monday, a jury convicted her of mail, wire and tax fraud regarding the sham charity. She was sentenced to five years in prison, Fox News reported.
Brown, who served in Congress for nearly 25 years, was defeated in her 2016 primary.
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