Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown of Florida has been indicted for soliciting donations for a fake charity, then using the money – over $800,000 in donations – for her own personal slush fund. But according to her, the charges are racist.
The charity organization, “One Door For Education Foundation, Inc.” was supposed to provide scholarships to poor students, but Brown used over $800,000 in donations to host lavish events, golf tournaments and receptions, luxury boxes for a Beyonce concert and an NFL game.
The money was also spent for car repairs and vacations to the Bahamas, among other things.
Brown, 69, has been in congress since 1993, and claims she is not guilty. “My heart is just really heavy. But I’m looking forward to a speedy day in court to vindicate myself,” Brown said. “We will present the other side.”
“Our office is committed to ferreting out and prosecuting all forms of corruption and fraud, regardless of who the offender is,” said U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley. “In our nation, no one is above the law.”
Brown has been slapped with a 24-count indictment, released on a $50,000 bail, and ordered not to travel outside the USA. A hearing is set for July 26.
Judicial Watch reported on a rant Congressman Brown went on outside the courthouse, claiming the charges against her were racist, and indicated the FBI should have spent more time investigating Omar Mateen instead of her, and then the Orlando massacre might could have been stopped
After getting slammed with charges of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction and filing of false tax returns in Jacksonville, the disgraced congresswoman went on a tirade outside the federal courthouse that she proclaimed was built “without minority participation” as if that was relevant to her case. “I represent Orlando,” Brown said.
“These are the same agents that was not able to do a thorough investigation of the agent and we ended up with 50 people dead and over 58 people injured,” she said referring to the massacre carried out by terrorist Omar Mateen in an Orlando nightclub. “Same district! Same Justice Department! Same agents!” Brown also said the prosecution is racially motivated and wrote this on her blog: “I’m not the first black elected official to be persecuted and, sad to say, I won’t be the last.”
A political columnist for the Orlando Sentinel countered Brown’s claim that she’s a victim of racism by pointing this out in a piece published this week: “The Justice Department — which happens to be run by a black attorney general who answers to a black president — targets shady politicians, not black ones.”
House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, had nothing but good to say for Brown, and called the charges against her “deeply saddening.” Pelosi said for more than two decades, Brown has served her constituents in Florida with passion and energy. She has been a champion for America’s veterans.”
Pelosi made a similar statement of support when another Democratic congressman, Rep. Chaka Fattah was convicted in June of federal racketeering, fraud and bribery.
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