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Former Rep. Corrine Brown due in court today after aide pleads guilty to fraud



The following is from the Florida Times-Union

A day after her longtime aide reached a plea deal, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is due to face a judge Thursday about trial preparations in her federal fraud case.

The hearing could be a measure of how trial plans changed when Brown’s former chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two of the 19 charges he faced from a July indictment targeting him and Brown.

Brown and her attorney, James W. Smith III, will have to anticipate chances of Simmons being called to testify against Brown, who faces 22 counts involving fraud, lying on her taxes and concealing income from One Door for Education, a Virginia scholarship fund she championed as a charity.

Brown’s trial is scheduled to start in late April and continue into May.

Brown’s hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.

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[Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:34am]


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