Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown (Fla.) is currently on trial in Florida where prosecutors argued on her behalf, despite the evidence showing that she used her charitable organization that collected money from the constituency, to benefit herself and her staffers.
The charity collected money for poor students who needed scholarships in order to attend college and leave their crime-ridden neighborhoods.
“The real victims are all of those worthy kids who could have gotten scholarships, who needed a leg up. That’s who she robbed from, those kids,” Eric G. Olshan, one of the prosecutors, said during the one-hour closing arguments against Brown, Jacksonville.com reported.
In July 2016, Brown and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, were indicted on 24 counts of fraud stemming from a foundation created by the former congresswoman.
Brown used One Door for Education, the Virginia-based “charitable foundation” she launched, for the personal benefit of herself and her staffers.
More than $800,000 was deposited into the foundation, but only $1,200 went to charity.
Federal authorities found that Brown, Elias, and Carla Wiley, the foundation’s president, instead spent $200,000 of the group’s funds on NFL tickets, luxury vacations, plane tickets, car repairs, and lavish events.
Brown also wired the foundation’s case into her bank account, an FBI agent said during the trial.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Monday afternoon, Jacksonville.com reported.