Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown began serving a five-year sentence yesterday. Convicted last month of fraud and other charges, the 24-year veteran of Congress was found guilty of converting $800,000 intended for needy students to her own personal and political use.
On March 4, 2016, Carla Wiley, president of the charity that received the $800,000, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after it was determined that she and Brown’s Chief of Staff, Ronnie Simmons, worked together to move money out of the charity’s accounts. Some they spent, some they transferred to Brown. Simmons pled guilty and is already serving his 4 year sentence.