Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison; Co-conspirators Also Get Prison Time

Dec 4, 2017

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown will spend five years in federal prison for her role in a corruption conspiracy that involved stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a fake education charity for needy children.

The former U.S. congresswoman, 71, was convicted in May of 18 counts of conspiracy, fraud and filing false tax returns.

Former Brown chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, and his ex-girlfriend, Carla Wiley, both of whom cooperated in the case against the longtime lawmaker, were also sentenced Monday to prison time for their role in the conspiracy.

Wiley, who founded the bogus charity at the center of the corruption case, was given 21 months in prison with three years of probation and will have to pay $252 month in restitution, according to our News4Jax partner.

Simmons was sentenced to four years in prison, News4Jax reported. 

Both Simmons and Wiley pleaded guilty and testified against Brown, 71.  Prosecutors sought lighter sentences for them, citing their immediate cooperation in the case.

Monday's sentencing hearing marked the final chapter of a legal saga that unfolded over the last 17 months since the 12-term congresswoman's career-ending indictment.

Brown, 71, was at the center of a scheme that collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for One Door for Education, an unregistered charity -- funds that were used instead to pad a lavish lifestyle that far exceeded the lawmaker's means.