Ex-congresswoman found guilty of using funds from fake charity

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Brown faces more than 20 charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, obstruction of IRS laws and filing false returns. Brown, who pleaded not guilty, has been convicted of five counts of mail fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, conspiracy, one count of scheming to hide material facts, one count of obstruction of IRS laws and three tax fraud charges, reports WJXT4.

Since her indictment last summer, she had been publicly defiant of the government's charges, saying she was among black elected officials who have been "persecuted". At issue was her relationship with the One Door Educational Foundation and the use of dollars from the organization prosecutors said was for Brown's personal gain. Simmons explained in his testimony that Brown would frequently order him too take cash and checks from the charity's account. Simmons and Wiley have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme, the Justice Department said.

Reports said Brown would not be sent to prison immediately, but she is expected to be sentenced in about three months.

The representative's attorney indicated that he would file a motion for a new trial soon after Brown's sentencing, but admitted that he was disappointed by today's conviction.

Prosecutors accused Brown of siphoning off the funds and spending them on lavish trips, elaborate parties and shopping excursions. She also says she didn't know her chief of staff was putting thousands into her account and taking well over $100,000 for himself.

He used Brown's own words on the stand against her.

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We wrote about Brown back in 2000, when she led a protest against former Gov. Jeb Bush's plan to end affirmative action.

"She's strong and fighting for her innocence", Smith said outside the courthouse.

"His handwriting is literally all over this case", Smith said.

The judgment marks the end of a long political career for Brown who served in congress for 24 years. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family". After the Florida Supreme Court redrew the lines previous year after a lawsuit, she went on to lose her reelection campaign in the primary to Al Lawson.

It's just one of the dozens of projects she was involved with, including replacing the aging Veterans Affairs clinic, with a new state-of-the-art facility. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. And Corrine Brown is not going to be defined by what happened here today in this courtroom.