Former Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown has officially been sentenced to 5 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Brown was convicted on 18 counts for stealing from the charity One Door for Education, as well as filing false tax returns and more.  Judge Timothy Corrigan has also sentenced two other accomplices who pleaded guilty and testified against Brown.  Brown’s attorney was calling for probation instead of jail time in consideration of her health, public service, and age. 

“’I ask that you take into consideration all that I’ve done in my life and I’ve come to ask for mercy and compassion,’ Brown told the judge during her Nov. 16 sentencing hearing.”

The US Attorney’s Office accused Brown of perjury.  This would increase her sentence.

Brown, with her daughter, Shantrel Brown, and Ronnie Simmons, Brown’s former chief of staff, entered the courthouse on 9:30 am on Monday, Dec. 4.

Accomplice Carla Wiley was sentenced to only 21 months in prison, along with a 3 year supervised release.  Simmons was sentenced to 48 months in jail for conspiracy to commit mail/wire fraud and theft of government funds.

The FBI’s Special Agent in Charge Charles P. Spencer released a statement following Brown’s sentencing. 

“It is incredibly disappointing that an elected official, who took an oath year after year to serve others, would exploit the needs of children and abuse the charitable hearts of constituents to advance her own personal and political agendas, and deliver them with virtually nothing.  I am proud of the exceptional work of the special agents, analysts and support personnel who spent countless hours following the money trail in this case.  Their work is some of the most complex, tedious, and significant work we do for the American public.  It is an exceptionally difficult task, but rooting out public corruption is a priority for which the FBI will continue to dedicate the resources necessary to investigate, because the impact on everyday people is real.  We thank our law enforcement partners at the IRS-CI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for their efforts to hold Brown and her associates accountable for their inexcusable actions.”

This only goes to show that no person is exempt from the law.