Former Florida Democrat Congresshuman and Hillary ‘superdelegate’ Corrine Brown is movin’ on up to the big house in the sky for five years.
After being found guilty in May of 18 various corruption charges, the good former Congresshuman was sentenced today to half a decade in the slammer.
Of course she’s black, though, so it’s probably just our racist justice system and nothing to do with setting up an $800,000 children’s charity and actually handing out a kingly $1200 in scholarships.
A federal judge sentenced former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in prison on Monday, months after a jury convicted the Florida Democrat of fraud for using a charity for poor students as her personal expense account.
The allegations — which, in addition to fraud, included lying on tax forms and congressional disclosures — had already cost Brown her seat in Congress: She lost a primary election last year amid the scandal.
Prosecutors argued that the 71-year-old had turned a charity for poor students into an $800,000 personal slush fund, according to the Associated Press.
After a nearly 25-year career in Congress, she was convicted in May and could have spent the rest of her life in prison.
“This is a sad day for everyone,” U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan told Brown shortly after sentencing her, according to the Florida Times-Union. “I was impressed with all the outpouring of support for you, and I think it’s a tribute to all the work you’ve done over the years. That’s what makes this all the more tragic.”
Pffffft – sad day? Speak for yourself, judge. Lots of us like to see the corrupt actually held responsible.
…The court papers claimed that she and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, raised more than $800,000 for the One Door for Education scholarship fund — but had handed out only two scholarships worth $1,200.
The indictment alleged that Brown and Simmons had instead used the majority of the money for themselves — “for personal and professional benefit.”
They threw lavish parties, took expensive trips and went on shopping excursions.
Simmons and the charity’s executive director, Carla Wiley, testified against Brown in exchange for plea deals; the two were also scheduled to be sentenced Monday.