VOTE NOW FOR THE BEST OF ORLANDO® 2021!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown was just found guilty of 18 federal fraud charges

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 3:50 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA CORRINE BROWN/FACEBOOK
  • Photo via Corrine Brown/Facebook
A jury on Thursday convicted former 12-term U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on more than a dozen federal fraud charges.

Brown, a Democrat whose former district included the Jacksonville area, was found guilty of 18 out of 22 charges against her, including things like lying on her taxes and using a bogus scholarship called One Door for Education to bilk donors of nearly $800,000, money that was used for NFL luxury boxes, Beyoncé tickets and more.



Brown, who pleaded not guilty, has been convicted of five counts of mail fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, conspiracy, one count of scheming to conceal material facts, one count of obstruction of IRS laws and three tax fraud charges, reports WJXT4.

Brown was named in a 24-count indictment last year.

Federal prosecutors claimed Brown instructed her chief of staff, Elias "Ronnie" Simmons, to remove the maximum of $800 a day from the One Door account at an ATM near his house and deposit it into her account.

Brown claimed Simmons operated independently and that she was left in the dark with One Door's money. So, of course, Simmons and the charity's president testified against her.

Brown, who once called the case a "half-truth witch-hunt," has been released on bail until a sentencing hearing is set. Her attorney told WJXT4 that she plans to file motions for a new trial.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

May 5, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation