Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is expected to return to Washington this week, nearly 17 months after the Illinois Democrat entered the federal prison system to begin a 30-month sentence for defrauding his campaign.
Jackson will enter a privately run halfway house as early as Thursday, where he will be monitored, placed under a curfew and be required to look for a job, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday evening, relaying the news from a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman. Jackson admitted to misuse of roughly $750,000 in campaign funds. He spent the money on personal expenses ranging from food, clothing and toothpaste to more exorbitant items, including a collection of fur coats and capes. The case revealed Jackson purchased a $43,000 Rolex watch and more than $38,000 worth of memorabilia related to Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee.
With another member of the Illinois congressional delegation reportedly under federal investigation for his misspending of official and campaign funds, Jackson's name has been back in the news. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., announced plans to resign from Congress at the end of the month .
Jackson's wife, Sandi, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for her role in the scheme and ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution, but she has not yet begun serving her term. After she pleaded guilty to filing false income tax returns, the judge showed some mercy by staggering the sentences . The arrangement meant at least one parent could remain home with the couple's children.
Jackson placed the Dupont Circle townhouse he once called home on the market in October 2013.
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