U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida appears in federal court on charges of using money she raised on behalf of an educational charity for personal use. Diane Hodges reports.
U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida appeared in federal court in Jacksonville on Friday, to answer charges that she and her chief of staff funneled money from a bogus educational charity to personal use. Brown, a 69-year-old Democrat from Jacksonville, Florida, is accused of using her political position to help raise more than $800,000 for a charity that donors believed supported college scholarships and other educational work. Instead, funds donated to the group One Door for Education were used to pay for a golf tournament honoring Brown, luxury box seats at a Beyonce concert and a football game, according to the 53-page indictment filed by prosecutors. A representative at Brown's congressional office in Washington said the congresswoman had no immediate comment Earlier this year the House Ethics Committee began a separate official probe into Brown's actions. That panel is still investigating.