Rep. Corrine Brown indicted on fraud charges
U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, was indicted Friday on fraud charges over connection to a charity.
A 52-page indictment released Friday outlined numerous charges following an investigation into the charity One Door for Education Foundation Inc. Brown and associates are accused of taking money intended for scholarships.
The indictment says that from late 2012 to early 2016, Brown and Elias Simons “did knowingly and willfully” conspire to solicit donations to One Door for Education “based on false and fraudulent representations that the funds would be used for charitable purposes” including scholarships and the purchase of computers for local schools.
They took in more than $800,000 in donations, according to the indictment.
Brown also faces a House ethics investigation over the same issue.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said in a statement: "The indictments of Rep. Brown and her Chief of Staff, if proven, are part of a disturbing trend of lawmakers using their office to benefit themselves, friends and family. While it is disheartening to see a member of Congress accused of such serious crimes, we applaud the Justice Department for continuing to build on the indictments of Sen. Menendez and Rep. Fattah to establish a pattern of more aggressively enforcing corruption laws and holding public officials accountable when they abuse their office.”