Ex-Rep. Brown Sentenced To 5 Years in Prison

Former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown was sentenced Monday to 5 years in federal prison for her role in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving a fraudulent scholarship charity. 

That's according to case reports from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Officials say Brown, 71, also was ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release and to pay restitution to her victims, including more than $62,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

On May 11 of this year, Brown was convicted by a federal jury on 18 counts of an indictment charging her with participating in a conspiracy involving a fraudulent education charity, concealing material facts in required financial disclosure forms, obstructing the due administration of internal revenue laws, and filing false tax returns. 

The jury also found her guilty of violating the Ethics in Government Act by concealing certain income in required annual financial disclosure forms she had submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Evidence at trial showed that between late 2012 and early 2016, Brown participated in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving One Door for Education - Amy Anderson Scholarship Fund in which Brown and others solicited more than $800,000 in charitable donations.

According to the court records, the donations instead went to Brown and her co-conspirators' personal and professional benefit.

Brown's attorney said she will appeal the sentence.

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