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Ex-Florida Rep. Corrine Brown Convicted on Fraud Charges

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By    |   Thursday, 11 May 2017 03:44 PM

Former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown was convicted Thursday of fraud and tax evasion in federal district court in Jacksonville.

Brown, 70, a Democrat who served from 1993 through this past January, was accused of funneling thousands of dollars from her One Door for Education Foundation into her personal accounts, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

She was convicted on 18 of 22 federal charges in a jury trial that began last week. Closing arguments were held on Monday.

Brown had pleaded not guilty, contending that her former chief of staff – Elias "Ronnie" Simmons – had stolen from her.

On Wednesday, the judge replaced one juror who had made comments about Brown and "higher beings," the Sentinel reports.

The trial also was briefly halted last week after Brown broke down under cross-examination about cash taken from her charity for low-income children that had been deposited into her personal bank account.

"They're trying to destroy my life," Brown shouted as jurors left the courtroom for a break, the Sentinel reports. She had cried on the stand.

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Former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown was convicted Thursday of fraud and tax evasion in federal district court in Jacksonville.
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