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Former US Rep. Corrine Brown, on stand, blames theft on aide
Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2017 6:18 PM EDT | Jason Dearen

Posted on 05/04/2017 9:42:10 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Facing nearly two dozen federal fraud and conspiracy charges, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown took the stand in her own defense on Thursday, saying she was left in the dark while her former chief of staff siphoned thousands of dollars from what prosecutors are calling a sham charity.

The Florida Democrat told the jury she was betrayed by her former top aide, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons. “I loved Ronnie Simmons like a son,” said Brown, crying. “A lot of young people in this community end up in jail. I never would’ve wanted that to happen to Ronnie.”

Federal prosecutors want Brown to go to jail for a scheme to raise more than $800,000 for the One Door for Education Foundation, which promised that the money would go to help poor kids with scholarships and computers. Instead, the charity gave only $1,200 out in scholarships while Brown, Simmons and the foundation’s president Carla Wiley spent funds on a lavish lifestyle, according to their indictments.

Brown also is charged with lying on her taxes about charitable donations the government said she never made, and falsifying her congressional financial disclosure forms. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: District of Columbia; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: brown; corrinebrown; embezzlement; passthebuck; scholarships; simmons; taxcheat; taxfraud
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1 posted on 05/04/2017 9:42:10 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Go Gataw.


2 posted on 05/04/2017 9:47:05 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Olog-hai

Looks like some of the older people in that community should end up in jail, too.


3 posted on 05/04/2017 9:52:22 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Olog-hai

Looks like Corrine has been drinking too much “Kool Aide”.


4 posted on 05/04/2017 9:53:51 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Olog-hai
So many people in her community are going to prison.

Why can't they just steal a little, making money is so hard.

5 posted on 05/04/2017 9:54:46 PM PDT by Bon mots (Laughing at liberal tears!)
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To: Olog-hai
Just once in my life, I would love to see a Liberal take responsibility for their actions...rather than blame someone else.
6 posted on 05/04/2017 9:56:39 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob
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That’d take a huge mind change resulting in a conversion away from liberalism.


7 posted on 05/04/2017 9:59:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

It’s all de fault of dat Ronnie Simmons, who was taking advantage of an old lady, and who’s skin tone be very very light.


8 posted on 05/04/2017 10:00:50 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Liberals think in propaganda)
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe she can have Maxine Waters testify as a character witness.


9 posted on 05/04/2017 10:04:52 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Women who are 25 pounds overweight tend to live longer than the men who mention it.)
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe she can have Maxine Waters testify as a character witness.


10 posted on 05/04/2017 10:04:55 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Women who are 25 pounds overweight tend to live longer than the men who mention it.)
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To: Olog-hai
You'd expect this behavior in the Congo, or Haiti, or Nigeria, or Liberia, or …
11 posted on 05/04/2017 10:05:40 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie (How many does it take? It takes two. One to eat the possum, the other to direct traffic.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

She has been doing this crap for a long time and getting away with it. I hope she gets 20 years.


12 posted on 05/04/2017 10:06:19 PM PDT by samantha (keep up the fight..)
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To: Olog-hai

It’s a “banner day” here on FR! Three of the last four posts involve some form of serious felony activity (ie. fraud, rape, murder threat) brought to us all by the “Communities of Color.” We must be “rasists,” cuz there must be some white people doin’ stuff too!


13 posted on 05/04/2017 10:12:13 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Michael.SF.
"Maybe she can have Maxine Waters testify as a character witness."

It looks like they share the same wig maker.

14 posted on 05/04/2017 10:18:14 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Bon mots

Isn’t this the hag who always argued with Fred on Sanford and Son?


15 posted on 05/05/2017 12:12:53 AM PDT by pissant ((Deport 'em all))
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To: mass55th

You beat me to it. Thought the same thing about the wig. Why do black women wear wigs anyway?


16 posted on 05/05/2017 12:20:58 AM PDT by Boomer (Stupid is as stupid does and no one does stupid like the left.)
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To: Boomer

You just cannot get quality conk these days.


17 posted on 05/05/2017 1:03:10 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028 (Somebody has to step forward and do what is right because it is right, otherwise no one will follow.)
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To: Olog-hai

I can’t believe this hasn’t come over my transom.

A Florida lawmaker is on trial? I guess this is another example of the media bias even in local news.

I have seen NOTHING about this Democrat being prosecuted in Florida news.

Such bitter bias exists in the media. Republicans who get tipsy and use the same language as black Democrats are publicly hounded out of office, but Democrats who face criminal charges are ignored.


18 posted on 05/05/2017 1:12:55 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Bon mots

Women, black, arrogant, untouchable! ok you can go


19 posted on 05/05/2017 2:33:46 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Trump plays chess the rest are still playing checkers)
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To: Boomer

Seriously?!!! Because they HATE their hair.


20 posted on 05/05/2017 3:04:36 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("A is A. A thing is what it is." Ayn Rand)
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