Politics

Corrine Brown Found Guilty of Fraud

Former congresswoman convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars

Former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown had called an investigation into fraud charges an effort to end her political career. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A judge has found former Rep. Corrine Brown guilty of fraudulently taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a bogus charity following an indictment on federal corruption charges.

She was found guilty of 18 out of 22 counts that include conspiracy involving the fraudulent charity, concealing income on financial filings submitted to the House and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Jacksonville.

A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

Brown, a Florida Democrat, had come under scrutiny for her connection to a group called One Door for Education, which billed itself as a charity to help underprivileged children but had never registered as a nonprofit.

[Report: Rep. Corrine Brown Indicted on Corruption Charges]

The Florida Democrat, who served 12 terms in Congress representing an area that included Jacksonville, had vehemently denied any wrongdoing calling the Justice Department's probe “an organized effort to take me out.”

She lost the Democratic primary in August.

Her former chief of staff testified against her during the trial where he maintained he was following the congresswoman’s orders when he deposited money from the sham charity into a slush fund prosecutors said Brown used for parties, trips and shopping sprees.

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