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Former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal tax charge in a years-long case that centered on allegations she used contributions to a charity for personal expenses and events.
Under a deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Brown pleaded guilty to a charge that involved not fully reporting income and inaccurately claiming deductions for charitable donations, according to court documents.
Other charges against Brown were dropped in the deal. Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat who served in the U.S. House from 1993 to 2017, was convicted in 2017 on fraud and tax charges related to her role in using contributions to the One Door for Education charity for personal expenses and events.
Brown, now 75, went to federal prison as she appealed the conviction. Last May, a divided 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the conviction, ruling that a juror was improperly removed from Brown’s trial because he said the “Holy Spirit” told him she was not guilty.
The ruling by the Atlanta-based appeals court sent the case back to district court, where the plea deal was reached. Under the deal, prosecutors agreed that Brown should not serve more time in prison.
The deal also required Brown to pay $62,650 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and said she could not seek a refund of $31,062 paid to “non-federal victims” during her earlier appeal.