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Corrine Brown reports to prison

The disgraced former Congresswoman is set to begin a five-year sentence.

Former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown surrendered to federal officials in Sumter County Monday, marking the official beginning of her five-year prison sentence.

The disgraced former Congresswoman was convicted in late 2017 on charges related to a sham charity for poor students from which she siphoned donations — lining her own pockets in the process.

Here's how the Florida Times-Union described the scene outside the minimum-security prison:

COLEMAN — Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown began a five-year sentence Monday at a minimum-security camp inside one of the country's largest federal prison complexes.

The 12-term congresswoman was driven, without stopping, past a cluster of reporters outside the Sumter County complex she was assigned to for her 18 felony convictions involving fraud and tax crimes.

Her arrival was unannounced, but easily spotted. Twenty minutes before the noon deadline a judge had set for Brown to report, a black limousine-style minibus with tinted windows turned into the prison driveway and stopped. Bishop Kelvin Cobaris, an Orlando-area religious leader, had been waiting across the road and walked up to the bus and climbed in.

He said afterward that Brown was in the bus with a few family members and others, and had asked him to pray for her.

Read the Times-Union's full story here.