Former Democrat representative out of Florida, Corrine Brown, was found guilty on 18 of 22 charges related to fraud, conspiracy, tax evasion, and obstruction last 2017.
Brown is guilty of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her charity, “One Door for Education Foundation”, which is supposed to be for poor and impoverished children. Brown instead put the money into her personal accounts to finance her luxurious lifestyle.
She is notorious for hosting extravagant parties, going on expensive vacations, and shopping, as reported by Fox News.
On Wednesday, Brown pleaded to one count of tax fraud in her federal case, admitting she lied to IRS and incorrectly claimed deductions for charitable donations. Brown used those contributions for lavish parties and trips.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan scheduled a change of plea hearing Wednesday morning for Brown, a once-powerful Florida Democrat who had previously pleaded not guilty to 18 charges including mail and wire fraud, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.
Brown’s lawyers did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment. It was not clear which specific charges Brown would plead guilty to.
The second trial had been set to begin Sept. 12. Brown’s original 2017 conviction was thrown out by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because Corrigan improperly removed a juror during deliberations who had said the “Holy Spirit” told him she was innocent.
Brown, 75, served about two years of a five-year sentence before her release in April 2020 because of fears her age made her more susceptible to the coronavirus pandemic in prison.
According to a report from News4Jax, Brown has been receiving her pension all this time and she will continue to receive it in the coming years even after pleading guilty to a tax crime.
After Corrine Brown was convicted, News4JAX reported that she could continue to receive her pension while she appealed her conviction. Once it was thrown out, she continued to receive it while awaiting a new trial, which had been scheduled for the fall of 2022.
News4Jax has learned that in order for a member of Congress to lose their pension for a felony conviction, the crime must be related to their congressional actions.