Democrat Corrine Brown To Face Charges For Helping Sham Charity Scam Donors Out Of $800K

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., is set to receive a federal indictment Friday stemming from her relationship with a questionable Virginia-based charity.

Though Brown, who represents Florida’s 5th Congressional District, was still in Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon, she is set to appear before a federal magistrate judge Friday afternoon in Jacksonville, according to First Coast News.

A spokesman with the Department of Justice said “we do not have any information at this time” and a spokeswoman for the FBI in Jacksonville said she could not comment.

Brown, a 10-term Democrat, has been under investigation for months.

According to News4Jax in Jacksonville, Carla Wiley, a former Brown associate, admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud with a sham non-profit called the One Door for Education Foundation. Wiley, who served as the organization’s president, reached a plea deal shortly after Brown was served with a subpoena by federal agents in Jacksonville in January.

Following Wiley’s plea deal, the U.S. House Ethics Committee announced an investigation into Brown.

Public court documents show a scheme to defraud donors to the One Door for Education out of $800,000. The money was used to benefit individuals identified only as Person A — a public official — and Person B, an associate of Person A. It is believed Person A was Brown.

The court documents also show that One Door for Education was never registered with the IRS as a nonprofit.

Furthermore, a 2013 fundraising event was hosted by Brown and sponsored by One Door for Education, News4Jax found. In May, Brown publicly denied knowing Wiley after Brown’s photo appeared in a photo collage on the non-profit’s website including a photo of Wiley.

Brown, who is running for re-election in a newly drawn district, has repeatedly told News4Jax that the investigation into her has to do with her new congressional district.

“They’re all together. The goal is to get rid of Corrine Brown,” she said

However, last month, Brown dropped her appeal of the newly redrawn districts.

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