Fmr. Congresswoman Brown Found 'Guilty' Of Most Charges In Corruption Case

Corrine Brown trial: Closing arguments expected Monday

Corrine Brown Trial: Closing arguments set to begin Monday

Brown, who served in the lower chamber from January 1993 - Jan. 2017, said she had made some mistakes, but maintained it was not intentional. Characterized as a defender for those in her district, she had a reputation for doing what she said she would.

Brown was elected to Congress in 1992 as one of the first three black members of Florida's congressional delegation since the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.

The government's star witnesses were One Door director Carla Wiley and Ronnie Simmons, Brown's former chief of staff.

She declined to comment as she left the federal courthouse in silence with supporters including her church pastor and drove away.

'I really need your help, ' Corrine Brown wrote in January 2016 to accompany a Facebook picture of her at the U.S. Capitol. 'And she will continue to do that'.

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The group was indicted in 2016, and Brown stepped down from her congressional leadership post - though not her congressional seat - after the charges were announced.

Brown faces nine counts of wire fraud, seven of mail fraud, and another charge of conspiracy. Sources claim that Johnson's loss prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to rezone the primarily minority district that Brown won under the premise that it constituted an issue of racial gerrymandering. Brown, who once called the case a "half-truth witch-hunt", has been released on bail until a sentencing hearing is set.

She lost the Democratic primary in August. Both pleaded guilty after their federal indictments for misusing the charity's funds and testified against Brown. At issue was her relationship with the One Door Educational Foundation and the use of dollars from the organization prosecutors said was for Brown's personal gain. Brown's indictment said the Virginia-based One Door only gave out one scholarship for $1,200 to an unidentified person in Florida.

Simmons explained in his testimony that Brown would frequently order him too take cash and checks from the charity's account. Sometimes he kept some for himself. During these occasions, he would be directed to deposit the maximum $800 from the account at an ATM near his house and then deposit hundreds into her personal account.

During her trial, Brown said she was in the dark about the day-to-day goings-on with One Door's money, and blamed the theft on Simmons. She says that all the financial details were left to Simmons and other hired staffers, admitting that she should have paid more attention to the finances of One Door. Information from the News Service of Florida also was used.

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