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Florida congresswoman indicted for fraud

Friday, July 08, 2016 - 01:00

U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida appears in federal court on charges of using money she raised on behalf of an educational charity for personal use. Diane Hodges reports.

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U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida appeared in federal court in Jacksonville on Friday, to answer charges that she and her chief of staff funneled money from a bogus educational charity to personal use. Brown, a 69-year-old Democrat from Jacksonville, Florida, is accused of using her political position to help raise more than $800,000 for a charity that donors believed supported college scholarships and other educational work. Instead, funds donated to the group One Door for Education were used to pay for a golf tournament honoring Brown, luxury box seats at a Beyonce concert and a football game, according to the 53-page indictment filed by prosecutors. A representative at Brown's congressional office in Washington said the congresswoman had no immediate comment Earlier this year the House Ethics Committee began a separate official probe into Brown's actions. That panel is still investigating.

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Florida congresswoman indicted for fraud

Friday, July 08, 2016 - 01:00