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Fri Jul 8, 2016, 02:16 PM

U.S. Representative Brown charged with fraud: Justice Dept.

Source: Reuters

Politics | Fri Jul 8, 2016 1:56pm EDT

U.S. Representative Brown charged with fraud: Justice Dept.

U.S. Representative Corrine Brown, a Democrat from Florida, and her chief of staff were indicted on Friday for their roles in a scheme involving a fraudulent education charity, the U.S. Justice Department said.

The department said Brown and Elias Simmons were charged in a 24-count indictment with participating in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, theft of government property, filing false tax returns and other crimes.

(Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Bill Trott)



Source: WJXT-TV

Corrine Brown pleads not guilty to 24 federal counts

By Jim Piggott - Reporter , Lynnsey Gardner - Investigative reporter , Vic Micolucci - Reporter , Chris Parenteau - Reporter
Posted: 8:06 AM, July 08, 2016
Updated: 2:07 PM, July 08, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A not guilty plea was entered for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to 24 federal counts of conspiracy and fraud during a hearing Friday afternoon, but the judge said she had to hear the indictment read aloud before the plea would be accepted.

Brown, 69, of Jacksonville and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, 50, of Laurel, Maryland, were indicted for their roles with a fraudulent education charity that the Justice Department shut down in March.

Both are charged with participating in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, concealing material facts on required financial disclosure forms, theft of government property, obstruction of the due administration of the internal revenue laws, and filing false tax returns.

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