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Focus is on Franken, But a Former Dem Rep Was Sentenced to Prison This Week

Ex-Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) could be in jail for up to five years after a court found Brown guilty of "fraud and tax crimes."

By NTK Staff | 12.07.2017 @10:03am
Focus is on Franken, But a Former Dem Rep Was Sentenced to Prison This Week

The political world has its eyes trained on Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) this week, who is expected to resign from his post in the Senate on Thursday amid multiple sexual harassment accusations.

Lost in the media scrum was a major story about a different (and former) member of Congress, ex-Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL).

Brown was sentenced to prison on Monday “for fraud and tax crimes that include raising about $800,000 for a sham charity.” The Florida Times-Union reported:

U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan sentenced ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on Monday to five years in federal prison for fraud and tax crimes that include raising about $800,000 for a sham charity, a remarkable defrocking of the once-powerful and garrulous Jacksonville Democrat who inspired devotion and vitriol in equal parts throughout her decades in public office.

…Under federal sentencing rules, Brown will have to complete 85 percent of her sentence before being eligible for release. A federal report in March said that the roughly 4,100 convicts released after serving fraud sentences completed about 88 percent of their sentences.

As NTK Network reported months earlier, Brown tried to blame the charges against her as a result of racism (“I’m a black woman with a mouth”) and redistricting (“You change my district completely”).

Clearly, a federal judge disagreed.

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