JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is seeking a new trial after a federal jury found her guilty of using a purported charity for poor children as a personal slush fund.
The Florida Times-Union reports (http://bit.ly/2soG3JC ) that attorneys for Brown filed a motion for a new trial on Thursday, arguing the former congresswoman’s chief aide was behind the scheme to use the charity’s funds for lavish parties and other personal expenses.
Brown’s attorney James Smith III argues that the government failed to prove that Brown was aware of misdeeds being done by her former chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons.
Jurors found Brown guilty of 18 counts associated with taking money raised for the One Door for Education Foundation and lying on her taxes and congressional financial disclosure forms.
Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com