Former congresswoman Corrine Brown walks into Federal Court accompanied by pastor Rudolph McKissick, Sr. Brown appeared in Federal Court to be sentenced on fraud charges. Her former chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons and One Door for Education President Carla Wiley will also be sentenced. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
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Ex-US Rep Brown Get 5 Years In Prison For Fraud

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A federal judge in Florida has sentenced former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in prison, followed by three years of probation, for fraud and other charges related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund.

The sentence was handed down in Jacksonville on Monday morning. The 71-year-old Brown will be allowed to turn herself in no earlier than Jan. 8.

The Democrat served a Florida district that included Jacksonville during her historic, nearly 25-year career.

She was convicted by a federal jury in May on 18 of the 22 charges against her, which included fraud, lying on her tax returns and on her congressional disclosures.

The 71-year-old Brown was due in court at 10 a.m. Monday in Jacksonville, a city in the Florida district she represented in Congress during her historic, nearly 25-year career.

Brown was one of the first three African-Americans to be elected to Congress from Florida since Reconstruction.

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