BREAKING NEWS: Federal Jury Convicts Corrine Brown 18 of 22 Federal Fraud and Corruption Counts
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Felony fraud indictment – Wikipedia
In July 2016, Brown and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, pleaded not guilty to a 22 count federal indictment in relation to a non-profit charity, One Door for Education Foundation. The indictment included charges of participating in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, concealing material facts on required financial disclosure forms, theft of government property, obstruction of the internal revenue laws, and filing false tax returns.
Federal prosecutors allege the charity was to give scholarships to underprivileged students, but instead acted as the personal slush fund for Brown and her associates. The indictment says that Brown and Simmons “filled the coffers of Brown and her associates” with One Door donations for their personal and professional benefit, totaling $800,000, much of which was deposited in cash to Brown’s personal bank accounts. Brown and her associate pleaded not guilty and were released on a $50,000 bond.
After the hearing, Brown predicted that she would be cleared at trial. In accordance with House of Representatives rules, Brown stated she was temporarily stepping down as a ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the charges against Brown “deeply saddening” and said she was right to step down from the Veterans Affairs committee.