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Former Florida congresswoman convicted of fraud

13 May 2017

That talent was on full display Thursday as the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) ignored the conviction of former Florida Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Brown's failure to disclose a $10,000 payment she had received from National Baptist Convention president Henry Lyons. On dozens of occasions, Simmons said he was told to take out of One Door's account the maximum $800 from an ATM near his house and deposit hundreds of it in Brown's personal account. "The Department of Justice is committed to fighting corruption and fraud wherever we find it, at all levels of government, regardless of their power and influence".

The jury has reached a verdict in the fraud and tax evasion trial of former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown. "These guilty verdicts underscore our Office's resolve in holding public officials at all levels of government accountable for their actions. In this case, former Congresswoman Brown stole money that was donated on the false promise of helping further the educational goals of underprivileged children". She lost her congressional district to Tallahassee Democrat Al Lawson past year amid an investigation into her ties with a charity that ultimately led to federal corruption charges. Brown, who is now 70, could potentially spend the rest of her life in prison. No one is above the law, including those in a position of public trust, and there isn't a separate standard when it comes to paying taxes, said Chief Weber. She was acquitted on four of the original 22 counts.

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Judge Timothy Corrigan said Brown's accused co-conspirators Ronnie Simmons and Carla Wiley will be sentenced first.

Simmons is Brown's former chief of staff, who pleaded guilty and testified against her last week. One Door reportedly brought in more than $800,000 from 2012-16, but only issued one scholarship of $1,200 to an unidentified Florida resident.

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Previous year during a Tallahassee campaign stop Brown insisted investigations into her activities with the One Door Education Foundation was an effort to take her out of Congress:.

Simmons explained in his testimony that Brown would frequently order him too take cash and checks from the charity's account. More than $300,000 of the Foundation's money was used to fund events held in Brown's honor or for personal expenses, which included a luxury box at a professional football game and a golf tournament held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Former Florida congresswoman convicted of fraud