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Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown will take plea deal on fraud charges

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Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown arrives at federal court on Oct. 4, 2021.

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has apparently reached a plea deal to resolve her six-year-old federal fraud charges without going through a second trial.

A change of plea hearing with prosecutors and lawyers for the longtime Democratic powerhouse has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in front of U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan. Brown has consistently pleaded innocent in a case that helped end her 24-year run as a voice for Jacksonville in Congress.

Brown, 75, served 27 months of a five-year sentence in a minimum-security prison camp before being moved to something like home confinement in 2020 to avoid exposure to COVID-19. Last year an appeals court threw out her 2017 conviction and ordered a new trial.

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