U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Indicted Over Involvement In ‘Bogus’ Charity

Hannah Bleau

Good news, everyone! Not EVERYONE is above the law. Only the Clintons.

Did you hear about Rep. Corrine Brown? She’s the Democratic representative for Florida’s 5th congressional district. You know. The district infamous for looking like a deranged snake. Look at the map and tell me that’s not gerrymandering.

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No wonder she’s so vehemently opposed to the newly-redrawn district. (Her district smells like garbage, in case you were wondering.)

Anywho, Brown and her Chief of Staff Elias “Ronnie” Simmons  were recently indicted for involvement in the bogus charity, “One Door for Education.” The charity was supposed to give poor students scholarships, but as it turns out, it’s just one giant slush fund.

Brown, a longtime Democratic Congresswoman in Northeast Florida, faces 22 counts. The indictment charges her with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, sixteen counts of mail and wire fraud, one count of scheme to conceal material facts, one count corrupt endeavor to obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws, and three counts of filing a false return.

 

Brown’s Chief of Staff Elias “Ronnie” Simmons has also been indicted on 19 counts, including one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, sixteen counts of mail and wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds, one count of scheme to conceal material facts.

Of the $800,000 in donations collected, only two scholarships– both for $1,200– were actually sent out. According to the indictment, Brown and her cronies “used the vast majority’ of One Door donations for their personal and professional benefit, including tens of thousands of dollars in cash deposits that Simmons made to Brown’s personal bank accounts.”

According to the indictment, more than $200,000 in One Door funds were used to pay for events hosted by Brown or held in her honor, including a golf tournament, lavish receptions during an annual Washington conference and the use of luxury boxes for a concert and an NFL game in the Washington area.

 

Documents previously obtained by The Associated Press from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office show that he received an invitation bearing the seal of the House of Representatives to a July 13, 2013 golf tournament called the “Corrine Brown Invitational.” It was sponsored by the One Door organization and coincided with a freight and rail industry symposium in Jacksonville.

Of course, Brown pled not guilty. The trial date is set for September 6th. If convicted, she could face 357 years in prison.