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Prosecutors oppose ex-congresswoman’s fraud sentence appeal

Seventy-one-year-old Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years in prison and three years' probation for fraud and lying on her tax returns about a purported charity for poor students she used as a personal slush fund.
Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown walks out of the Federal Courthouse after being sentenced to five years on fraud charges in connection with a charity, One Door for Education, in Jacksonville on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. [Bob Mack | Florida Times-Union via AP]
Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown walks out of the Federal Courthouse after being sentenced to five years on fraud charges in connection with a charity, One Door for Education, in Jacksonville on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. [Bob Mack | Florida Times-Union via AP]
Published Dec. 17, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Federal prosecutors are opposing ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's request to remain free on bond while she appeals her fraud sentence.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow filed the motion Sunday in U.S. District Court.

Seventy-one-year-old Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years in prison and three years' probation for fraud and lying on her tax returns about a purported charity for poor students she used as a personal slush fund.

The once-powerful Democrat was ordered to surrender in January.

Brown's attorney argues she has a legitimate issue to appeal – the judge's dismissal of a single juror during the trial.

Prosecutors say the juror was dismissed for failing to follow the court's instructions, and does not present a "substantial question of law or fact" as required for an appeal.