BREAKING: Former Democrat Rep. Convicted, Sentenced To 5 Years in Prison

After the end of a 25-year political career, Former Florida Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown was found guilty of taking money from a charity that was supposed to give scholarships to underprivileged students.

According to sources, Brown and her non-profit only gave $1200 in scholarship money and the rest of the tens of thousands of dollars were used on “expenses” and lavish shopping sprees.

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According to Simmons, one of her staff members, Brown, 70, began ordering him to the ATM to take out the maximum amount of $800 from the account of One Door for Education Foundation and deposit it into her account. Simmons said he would also take some money for himself during that time.

Brown had pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, including the fraud, but lost re-election to former Senator Al Lawson last fall after her indictment.

FILE – In this Aug. 13, 2015 file photo, Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla. talks with the press in Tallahassee, Fla. Brown has been indicted after a federal investigation into a fraudulent charity with ties to the congresswoman. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)

Below is a list of the charges against Corrine Brown.

Guilty verdicts

  • Count 1: Conspiracy to commit mail & wire fraud (Conspiring to use One Door to defraud)
  • Count 2: Aiding & abetting mail fraud (FedEx of $5,000 donor check to One Door on 6/3/13)
  • Count 4: Aiding & abetting mail fraud (FedEx of $28,700 donor check to One Door on 9/10/13)
  • Count 6: Aiding & abetting mail fraud (FedEx of $10,000 donor check to One Door on 9/15/14)
  • Count 7: Aiding & abetting mail fraud (FedEx of $10,000 donor check to The Alexander Agency on 9/16/14)
  • Count 8: Aiding & abetting mail fraud (FedEx of $10,000 donor check to One Door on 9/16/15)
  • Count 9: Aiding & abetting wire fraud (Email from Simmons asking for $5,000 donation on 6/18/13)

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  • Count 10: Aiding & abetting wire fraud (Deposit $3,055 One Door check to Alexander Agency on 8/5/13)
  • Count 11: Aiding & abetting wire fraud (Deposit $2,086 One Door check to Alexander Agency on 8/13/13)
  • Count 12: Aiding & abetting wire fraud (Deposit $2,500 One Door check to Alexander Agency on 9/3/13)
  • Count 13: Aiding & abetting wire fraud (Deposit $2,000 One Door check to Alexander Agency on 9/9/13)
  • Count 15: Aiding & abetting wire fraud (Deposit $10,000 check to Alexander Agency on 9/17/14)
  • Count 17: Aiding & abetting wire fraud (Email from Simmons seeking $10,000 donation to One Door on 9/16/15)
  • Count 19: Engaging in a scheme to conceal material facts (False congressional financial disclosure forms)
  • Count 21: Corruptly endeavoring to obstruct or impede the due administration of the Internal Revenue Laws
  • Count 22: Filing a false U.S. individual tax return for tax year 2012
  • Count 23: Filing a false U.S. individual tax return for tax year 2013
  • Count 24: Filing a false U.S. individual tax return for tax year 2014

Not guilty verdicts

  • Count 3: Aiding & abetting mail fraud (FedEx of $5,000 donor check to One Door on 7/2/13)
  • Count 5: Aiding & abetting mail fraud (FedEx of $7,000 donor check to One Door on 9/10/14)
  • Count 14: Aiding & abetting wire fraud (Simmons email w/ FedEx label for $7,000 check to One Door on 9/10/14)
  • Count 16: Aiding & abetting wire fraud (Email from Simmons seeking $10,000 donation on 9/9/15)

UPDATED

FOX News reported earlier today:

Former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for mail, wire and tax fraud involving a sham charity.

A jury convicted Brown of stealing money from a bogus charity, One Door For Education, which purported to give scholarships to poor children but instead filled the coffers of Brown and her associates.

Federal prosecutors said she and a top aide commited fraud by using donations for lavish parties and trips.

The aide and another official later accepted a plea deal and testified against Brown, who served in Congress for nearly 25 years.

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She was defeated in her 2016 primary race.

Earlier this year, One Door President Carla Wiley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after it was determined that she had deposited $800,000 into the foundation’s account over four years. Over that time, federal prosecutors say it gave one scholarship for $1,000 and that Wiley transferred herself tens of thousands of dollars.

Brown’s former chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, and the charity’s president pleaded guilty after their federal indictments for misusing the charity’s funds, and testified against Brown.

FILE – In this Aug. 13, 2015 file photo, Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla. talks with the press in Tallahassee, Fla. Brown has been indicted after a federal investigation into a fraudulent charity with ties to the congresswoman. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)

Brown testified that she was left in the dark about the goings-on with One Door’s money, and blamed the theft on Simmons.

She was convicted in May on 18 of 22 charges.

Brown’s attorney was seeking probation in Monday’s sentencing.