Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown found guilty of 18 counts in fraud and corruption case

Court sketches from the Corrine Brown trial – FirstCoastNews.com

“Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown violated the public trust, the honor of her position, and the integrity of the American system of government when she abused one of the most powerful positions in the nation for her own personal gain.  She shamefully deprived needy children of hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have helped with their education and improved their opportunities for advancement, and she lied to the IRS and the American public about secret cash deposits into her personal bank accounts,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco in a statement sent by the Department of Justice.

“Obviously this is a disappointing result, but obviously doing this as long as I have, this is part one of a long process.” Brown’s attorney James Smith said of the verdict.

“I think even her harshest critics would admit she’s done a lot of good things.” Smith said.

Count 1 is a conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud charge.

Counts 2 through 8 are aiding and abetting mail fraud charges.

Counts 9 through 17 are aiding and abetting wire fraud charges.

Counts 1 through 17 are related to Brown’s affiliation with a fake charity, One Door For Education.

Brown is not charged with count 18 – her chief of staff faced that charge before accepting a plea deal in February.

Count 19 is an engaging in a scheme to hide facts charge.

This charge relates to her financial disclosure forms she’s required to file as a member of congress each year by law. The prosecution says she lied about her amount of income. The defense argues she was just sloppy with her bookkeeping.

Brown is not charged with count 20 – her chief of staff faced that charge before accepting a plea deal in February.

Count 21 is a corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede IRS laws filing her tax returns for tax years 2008 – 2014 charge.

Count 22 is a charge alleging filing false U.S. individual income tax returns in 2012.

Count 23 is a charge alleging filing false U.S. individual income tax returns in 2013.

Count 24 is a charge alleging filing false U.S. individual income tax returns in 2014.

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