Former Rep. Corrine Brown, was found guilty of several counts of fraud in relation with a charity which gave out an incomparably small price from what they took in.
Corrine Brown, who served in Congress from 1993-2017, was found guilty of 18 counts in a 22-count indictment against her. She was convicted by the jury of conspiracy, five counts of mail fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, one of scheming to conceal material facts, one of obstruction of IRS laws and three counts of tax fraud.
It’s about the charity Brown created, called One Door for Education, whose sole purpose was to help poor and minority students.
According to the prosecutors, the charity raised $833,000 from 2012-2015 and it gave out only $1,200 in scholarships.
They accused former Congresswoman Brown of diverting the rest of the money to herself and funding lavish events. Alongside of her, Carla Wiley and Ronnie Simmons were also accused of taking money meant for the charity. The charity’s president and Brown’s former chief of staff both testified against Brown in exchange for leniency in their sentencing.
Corrine Brown claimd that there were indeed some mistakes that have been made, but there was never an attempt to commit fraud.
“Let me just admit right here and now that there was a lot of sloppy bookkeeping,” Brown said on the stand in her own defense. “It was a mistake on my part and I needed to get on top of my taxes.”
So, Corinne Brown is corrupt. Also, water is wet.https://t.co/FlbyPor6sl
— Joe Dougherty (@joe_dougherty) May 1, 2017
Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Tysen Duva stated during the trial that his was all about Brown’s “dark side of her life”, and not the her 30-year- career in the government.
“Corruption. Greed. And a significant entitlement attitude,” Duva said in court. “And that’s what this case is about. It’s about lying, cheating and stealing. It’s about fraud and corruption of the member of the highest level of the American government.”
Another assistant U.S. attorney, Eric Olshan, claimed that even though Brown went on blaming others for this whole mess, she truly is responsible for a fraud that was committed.
“She exercised total control. No one told her ‘no,’ but that didn’t stop her, ladies and gentlemen, from using the power of her office to benefit herself,” Olshan said. “But you can say, ‘No, enough,’ because the defendant is guilty of each and every count in the indictment.”