Corrupt Florida Democrat Corrine Brown has been sentenced to jail.Corrine Brown, once a powerful Florida Democrat and US representative, was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for fraud and other crimes related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund.
Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown will not remain free while she appeals her conviction on fraud and tax crimes and must report to prison Jan. 28, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. She is set to start her sentence in January but wanted to be released from jail until then. A judge just told her no deal.
Brown was convicted on 18 fraud-related charges for funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to a sham charity and using the money on personal expenses and lavish events instead. She was also found guilty of overreporting charitable donations and underreporting income on financial disclosure and tax filings. Her two co-defendants- her former Chief of Staff Ronnie Simmons and the President of the sham charity “One Door For Education” Carla Wiley- both pleaded guilty and testified against Brown at trial.
Brown was sentenced to five years in prison, Simmons got four years, and Wiley got one year and nine months. All three had hoped to avoid any time behind bars.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan denied Brown’s request to stay out of prison during her appeal, saying her request failed to meet the criteria required to remain free.
“While it is customary for a first time, non-violent white collar offender such as Corrine Brown to be allowed to voluntarily surrender to the Bureau of Prisons following sentencing, it is not customary for such an offender to remain free pending appeal,” Corrigan wrote.
Brown was sentenced to five years in prison earlier this month after being found guilty in May of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from her bogus charity.
Corrigan said that Brown was unlikely to raise a substantial question of law or fact during her appeal, one of the criteria for being free on bond during an appeal.