Jury resumes work in former congresswoman's fraud trial

The jury deliberated three hours and 48 minutes on Monday, and still did not reach a decision Tuesday.

Brown was found guilty of counts charging her with conspiracy, concealing material facts on required financial disclosure forms, filing false tax returns and related charges. Brown's indictment said the Virginia-based One Door gave out only one scholarship, for $1,200, to an unidentified person in Florida.

Prosecutors argued at trial that Brown used money from the fund for lavish vacations, parties and shopping sprees.

Olshan delivered the government's closing argument, saying the real victims of Brown's crimes "are all those deserving, worthy kids who could have gotten a scholarship to get a leg up in life but didn't". "Yes", Brown said, to cheers from her supporters.

One legal expert says it's a very odd situation, but jurors need to follow the law. Brown was also convicted of tax evasion and claiming exemptions on her taxes for charitable donations that she never made.

Brown is a Democrat who represented the Florida district including the city of Jacksonville from 1993 to 2016. She lost re-election last fall after her indictment.

Over several days of testimony, prosecutors documented that at least $300,000 of One Door's funds paid for receptions, luxury boxes at sporting events and concerts, and trips and expenses for Brown and her associates. Brown's district had included portions of Florida and Volusia counties until redistricting in 2013. She was found not guilty of two mail fraud counts and two wire fraud counts.

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Brown is usually ready to speak her mind, but as she left the court this afternoon, she had little to say.

The former Congresswoman, however, denied the allegations and said she was left in the dark about what was going on with One Door's money, and blamed the theft on Simmons and her other staffers.

So, of course, Simmons and the charity's president testified against her.

"[This verdict] was just like when Dr. King got killed, the moment and time when he got indictment, it really hurt", said Jelly Jackson.

James Smith, Brown's attorney, told WJXT-TV that they plan on fighting the results.

The final chapter of her legacy is being written in a Jacksonville federal courthouse, that she, as a congresswoman, helped build. At the center of the case was the One Door for Education Foundation, which purportedly provided the scholarships. She also says she didn't know her chief of staff was putting thousands into her account and taking well over $100,000 for himself.

McKissick said he talked to Brown right after the verdict.

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