Despite the fact that he was convicted in 2013 for illegally spending money that came from his campaign committee, records obtained from former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s current divorce case show that he receives $100,000 in tax-free workers’ compensation benefits annually, reports The Washington Free Beacon.
Jackson also pockets nearly $40,000 in Social Security Disability Insurance payments, which he reportedly receives due to mental health issues, namely bipolar disorder and depression.
Noting that the former congressman is receiving the top rate for people who have a temporary disability, the Beacon quoted Ari Wilkenfeld, a D.C.-based employment lawyer, who told the Chicago Tribune that it’s “highly unusual for an individual to collect federal workers’ compensation for a condition such as bipolar disorder.” He noted, “What’s remarkable here is by his getting workers’ comp., it appears that Congressman Jackson’s attorneys have convinced the government that his bipolar disorder was created by the rigors of being a member of Congress.”
Jackson was sentenced to 30 months in prison after he spent approximately $750,000 from his campaign to pay for luxury items, such as vacations and furs. His soon-to-be-ex-wife, Sandra was sentenced to 12 months in jail after she was convicted of filing false tax returns.
Jackson served 22 months in correctional facilities, a halfway house, and home detention, and is now on supervised release living on taxpayers’ money.
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