Corrine Brown

Prosecutors Release Evidence Used to Convict Corrine Brown
Photos show her and aide depositing money from bogus charity into personal accounts

Former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was convicted on 18 counts including fraud and tax evasion. (AP file photo)

Evidence used to convict former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, including photos of her and a longtime aide depositing money from a bogus charity into personal bank accounts, was released by prosecutors Wednesday.

Brown was found guilty last week of 18 charges including fraud and tax evasion in relation to using a sham charity called One Door for Education as a personal slush fund. 

Corrine Brown Found Guilty of Fraud
Former congresswoman convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars

Former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown had called an investigation into fraud charges an effort to end her political career. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A judge has found former Rep. Corrine Brown guilty of fraudulently taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a bogus charity following an indictment on federal corruption charges.

She was found guilty of 18 out of 22 counts that include conspiracy involving the fraudulent charity, concealing income on financial filings submitted to the House and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Jacksonville.

Brown’s Former Aide Testifies He Was Following Her Orders
‘I usually didn't tell her no’ former chief of staff Ronnie Simmons said

Former Rep. Corrine Brown, center, is escorted to the Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla., on Monday for the start of the second week of her trial on federal fraud and tax charges. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Former Rep. Corrine Brown’s former chief of staff testified he was following the congresswoman’s orders when he deposited money from a bogus charity into a slush fund.

Ronnie Simmons said he withdrew tens of thousands of dollars in $800 increments from the charity and deposited it into the fund, First Coast News reported.

Charity Head Says She Gave Brown Blank Checks
Prosecutors say Brown filed false tax returns

Jurors also heard Dawn Wright, an accountant, read through years of Brown’s tax returns that listed her only income as her congressional one and a pension from having served in the Florida Legislature as prosecutors tried to prove the accusation that Brown filed false tax returns.

Corrine Brown Defense Blames Chief of Staff
Former aide who accepted plea deal is focus as ex-lawmaker’s corruption trial begins

Former Rep. Corrine Brown and her attorney James Wesley Smith III, center, leave court in Jacksonville, Fla., after a pretrial hearing on April 5. (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union via AP)

Former Rep. Corrine Brown’s corruption trial opened on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida, with Brown’s defense placing the blame on her former chief of staff. 

The Florida Democrat is charged with 22 counts in a 24-count indictment that includes using her reputation to solicit donations to a charity that she and her former chief of staff used as a slush fund, according to First Coast News.

Lee, Thompson and Fudge on Former Rep. Brown’s Witness List
Former congresswoman’s trial scheduled to begin April 24

Former Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., is charged with using funds from a non-profit on herself. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Reps. Bennie Thompson, Marcia Fudge and Sheila Jackson Lee are potential witnesses in the corruption case of former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown. 

An attorney for Brown listed Thompson, D-Miss., Fudge, D-Ohio, and Lee, D-Texas, are on the witness list for Brown’s corruption trial, which begins with jury selection on April 24, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Corrine Brown Hands Out Ice Cream Before Hearing
Last pretrial proceeding before the start of her federal fraud trial

Former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown said she wasn’t trying to encourage people to contribute to her defense fund, “but I hope they will.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Corrine Brown handed out fudge pops and ice cream sandwiches down the street from a Florida courthouse Wednesday, hours before the final pretrial hearing in the federal fraud case against her.

“I am just thanking people for their support, their prayers,” the Florida Democrat told First Coast News from an ice cream truck parked outside Jacksonville City Hall. “They've been there for me and I just wanted to come out and say thank you.”

Corrine Brown Says She’s Targeted Because ‘I’m a Black Woman With a Mouth’
Will plead not guilty

Former Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., said she was targeted because she’s “a black woman with a mouth.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Corrine Brownimplied she was unfairly targeted in a conspiracy and corruption investigation for racial reasons.

Brown is facing federal conspiracy and corruption charges for allegedly using money raised for a scholarship charity as a personal fund for herself, her chief of staff and the organization’s president, according to WESH.

Former Corrine Brown Aide Could Testify Against Her
Ronnie Simmons pled guilty; former congresswoman in court on Thursday

Former Rep. Corrine Brown lost her re-election bid last year in the wake of her indictment and running in a redrawn district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Former Corrine Brown Aide Might Change Plea
Ronnie Simmons scheduled to stand before a magistrate on Wednesday

Former Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., and her former aide Ronnie Simmons are accused of using funds from a nonprofit for personal expenses, and other charges. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo).

A former aide to former Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., is expected to change his not-guilty plea in the fraud case that helped bring down his boss.

Ronnie Simmons, who served as chief of staff to Brown, is expected to face a magistrate about a new plea on Wednesday, the Florida Times Union reported. He faced the possibility of 350 years in prison if convicted of all 18 charges against him.