Corrine Brown Sentenced To 5 Years


A judge sentenced former congresswoman and convicted felon Corrine Brown to five years in federal prison during a short hearing at the U.S. federal courthouse in downtown Jacksonville.

Judge Tim Corrigan issued the sentence for Brown to serve 60 months, in federal prison after she was found guilty on 18 counts of corruption.

Brown, is also required to pay $62,650.99 in restitution to the IRS. She must also pay a portion of $452,515.87 in restitution to others.

The judge sentenced Carla Wiley, who ran the phony nonprofit organization called One Door for Education, to serve 21 months in federal prison for her role in the fraud scheme. She will serve three years of supervised release. She owes $425,515.87 in restitution, which will be paid about $250 a month after she gets out of prison.

Judge Corrigan sentenced Ronnie Simmons, Brown’s former chief of staff. He has been sentenced to four years, in federal prison. He will owe $91,621.38 in restitution to the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as more restitution split between the three defendants.

All three defendants will be able to voluntarily surrender to prison sometime after Jan. 8, 2018, Corrigan said. All three defendants will be required to turn over passports.

Corrigan described the sentencing for the defendants as a “sad chapter and there’s no other way to say it.”


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