Friday, May 12, 2017

Democrat Icon Convicted on 18 Counts of Fraud and Theft from Charity

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, the diminutive and flamboyant woman who held tight control of Jacksonville Democratic politics for a quarter century, exerting influence over city agencies and the school board, was convicted Thursday on 18 counts of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud and tax charges.
Brown couldn’t overcome a mountain of evidence from federal prosecutors that showed she was deeply involved in a sham charity that was really a secret pool of cash used to finance elaborate parties, vacation getaways and shopping sprees. Twelve jurors unanimously convicted her on 18 of 22 counts, a raft of crimes that also includes filing false tax returns from 2012 through 2014 and making false claims on income disclosure forms reported to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Those financial crimes could put her in prison for years or potentially the rest of her life.
After the verdict, Brown exited the federal courthouse in unusual silence and in locked arms with Bishop Rudolph McKissick Sr. — who presides over one of the city’s most prominent black churches and one of Brown’s closest friends — while a mob of reporters shouted questions and a news helicopter chopped overhead. She got in the back seat of a Mercedes 

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