Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown
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Judge Timothy Corrigan has denied former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's request for a delay in her sentencing hearing, according to our News4Jax partner.

Hurricane Damage Prompts Delay Request In Corrine Brown Sentencing

Oct 24, 2017
Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

Hurricane damage to Corrine Brown's Jacksonville home has prompted her attorneys to ask for a delay in the former congresswoman's sentencing hearing on federal fraud charges, according to our News4Jax partner.

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A former Daytona Beach state representative is facing up to 180 years in prison for using campaign funds personally.

Democrat Dwayne Taylor was convicted Thursday on nine counts of wire fraud.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:14). We heard some retirement investment advice from Adam Wolf of Wolf Retirement Navigation (32:23), and we spoke with the play-by-play voice of the Florida State Seminoles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gene Deckerhoff (41:02).  


   

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Federal Judge Timothy Corrigan ruled Wednesday that former Congresswoman Corrine Brown is not entitled to a new trial and should not be acquitted of 18 counts of fraud.

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A federal judge is weighing whether former North Florida Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown should be acquitted of corruption charges — or get a new trial— four months after she was found guilty.

Brown was convicted of 18 counts of mail, wire and tax fraud stemming from her involvement in a fake education charity.

Hearing On Corrine Brown Retrial Set For Monday

Aug 4, 2017
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Oral arguments on Brown’s motions for a judgment for acquittal and request for a retrial are scheduled for Monday at the federal courthouse in Jacksonville.

  Monday on “First Coast Connect,” attorney John Phillips (1:03) talked about what’s next in the case of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5). We spoke with David Feuerstein (23:10) from the New York-based Feuerstein Kulick law firm on why medical marijuana legislation is so slow moving in Florida. Health Designs founder and CEO Ann Sabbag (40:50) talked about the future of workplace wellness, and WJCT sports analyst Cole Pepper (44:45) discussed a historic PLAYERS Championship. 


Our Friday Media Roundtable on “First Coast Connect” included A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics, blogger Fred Matthews, David Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:48). We learned about breast cancer survival with advocate Nancy Cappello (33:35). Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville Diane Boyle (41:58) about the “Eagles for Impact” fundraiser at THE PLAYERS Championship. Sunday is Mother’s Day, Terri Mashour (45:36), who runs the website Fun 4 First Coast Kids had some ideas where you take mom on her day. 


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Updated 6:30 p.m.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown has been found guilty in 18 of 22 counts of conspiracy, wire/mail fraud and tax fraud for her role in a scam that bilked $833,000 from donors who thought sham charity One Door for Education was awarding scholarships to disadvantaged students.

Only $1,200 actually made it to students’ education.


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A second emergency hearing has been called in Corrine Brown's federal corruption trial after a day of dramatic turns Wednesday.

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An alternate is being seated in the Corrine Brown federal corruption trial after a juror raised questions about comments made by another juror.

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After hearing closing arguments Monday, the jury is deliberating in the fraud trial of former North-Central Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown.


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Prosecutors finished questioning former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Friday, but not before the Jacksonville politician broke down in tears on the witness stand.

  In our weekly Media Roundtable, our panel included WJCT business analyst John Burr and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth (01:21). We also spoke with Master Will (36:07) from the Last Council Saber Academy about Saturday’s Comic Con at the Beaches and Willowbranch libraries, and we spoke with The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville’s music director and conductor Marguerite Richardson, as well as guest performers Rebecca Shorstein and Monica Pasquini (44:02).  

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Updated 11 a.m.

There was an unexpected recess in former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s federal corruption trial in Jacksonville Friday morning after she broke down and had to be escorted from the witness stand. 


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Updated at 6 p.m.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s chief of staff Ronnie Simmons told prosecutors Wednesday Brown was in control of cash flowing from sham charity One Door for Education.

Brown’s defense is trying to argue Simmons — not Brown — was behind a fraud worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s suspicious financial activity began years before investigators started looking into her connection to sham charity One Door for Education, according to testimony by FBI Forensic Accountant Amy Henderson Tuesday.

She told the court she reviewed thousands of pages of documents from as far back as 2010.

Henderson said she began with financial transactions between Brown, her close associates, One Door for Education and its president Carla Wiley.

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Carla Wiley, the founder and president of One Door for Education, testified under oath Monday that the Virginia charity was originally set up to help herself, but she was asked by former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's chief of staff to work with the congresswoman on fundraisers.

 Friday on our “First Coast Connect" Media Roundtable our panel consisted of blogger Fred Matthews, WJCT business analyst John Burr and The Next Page podcaster Charles Griggs. Writer and director Durden Godfrey, and Third Man Entertainment owner Jared Rush talked about the locally produced film “Never Go Back.” Ryan Ali with the Jacksonville Cultural Council about the PNC Foundation’s “Arts Alive” program and organizers Cody Burton and Tim Kerr told us about the Intersections Festival Saturday in Klutho Park.  


           

Rep. Corrine Brown via Flickr

A whopping $330,000 — that’s how much prosecutors said sham charity One Door for Education spent on nine events connected to former Congresswoman Corrine Brown between 2012 and 2015.


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Rep. Corrine Brown

Attorney for former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown says her staff betrayed her in financial transactions that led to fraud charges against her.

  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect, Florida Times-Union reporter talked about what is expected at the trial of former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown for federal mail and wire fraud. Jacksonville field coordinator for the American Association of Retired Persons Justine Conley discussed some concerns seniors have over proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act. Shay Hill and Theresa Bennett Hill from the Downtown Ecumenical Services Council told us about The Great Electric Emergency and we heard from Don’t Miss a Beat artistic director Ulysses Owens Jr. about an album recorded last week in New York City. 


            

Our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein, reporter for the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth, editor of Folio Weekly; Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We spoke with Peggy Bulger, the author of “Stetson Kennedy, Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy.” Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with Branden Miller, creator of YouTube sensation “Joanne the Scammer” and we spoke with City Year AmeriCorps recruitment manager Mia Francis and participant Lindsey Rose. 


Corrine Brown's Former Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty To Theft, Wire Fraud

Feb 8, 2017
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Ronnie Simmons, who was chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) and is a co-defendant on federal corruption and conspiracy charges, has changed his plea to guilty on counts one and 18 of the indictment.

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” it was our final episode of 2016 with the annual year in review Media Roundtable with guest host Ryan Benk. Our panel included A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics, Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT business analyst John Burr. We also spoke with Harvard School of Public Health researcher Steve Gortmaker about the financial incentives Jacksonville could receive by passing a tax on sugary drinks. 


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Fleming Island Republican Glo Smith and former Democratic State Sen. Al Lawson, of Tallahassee, debated before Jacksonville’s Southside Business Men’s Club Wednesday, each making the case why he or she should succeed Corrine Brown in Congressional District 5.

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Departing Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown is soliciting online donations to support her legal defense fees in her federal corruption case.

“On this website, you can make a donation to my legal defenses fund. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated,” Brown wrote on the Corrine Brown Legal Expense Trust website. The site also said she was “falsely accused” by the federal government of conspiracy and fraud, and how the charges were filed “immediately prior” to her Aug. 30 primary election.

Come January, Jacksonville will be represented by two freshmen members of Congress. Jacksonville University political science Professor Emeritus Stephen Baker joined host Melissa Ross to talk about the challenges the area may face by losing so much seniority on Capitol Hill. We heard from Dr. Anthony Magnano, co-director of St. Vincent’s Atrial Fibrillation Institute, about the warning signs of atrial fibrillation and its prevention. Ross also spoke with Dr. Konika Schallen, the founder of the CMA Center for Aesthetic Medicine about the science of beauty. 

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

With the retirement of Ander Crenshaw and the primary defeat of Corrine Brown, Jacksonville will be sending two rookies to Washington when the new Congress convenes in January.

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