Former Democratic Congresswoman, Corrine Brown, was in court on Monday to address charges of tax fraud and tax crimes in relation to her involvement with the charity One Door For Education. Brown was accused and convicted of both tax fraud and tax crimes after siphoning money from the charity to pay for gifts, vacations, and other unnecessary expenditures. Brown will serve a total of five years in prison with a three-year supervised release to follow starting on or around January 8, 2018.
Key Facts in the Brown Case
- Despite being sentenced on Monday, the court made allowances for Brown to remain out until shortly after Christmas. She must turn herself in to authorities no later than January 8, 2018.
- Brown’s charity, One Door For Education, was supposed to issue scholarships to low-income children for post-secondary education. The case revealed that the charity was fake and little more than a front for personal income generation.
- Evidence shows that Brown used the money to host parties, take expensive vacations, buy gifts for herself and friends, and pay for other unnecessary expenditures.
- A statement from the FBI summed up how many Americans feel about the case. “It is incredibly disappointing that an elected official, who took an oath year after year to serve others, would exploit the needs of children and abuse the charitable hearts of constituents to advance her own personal and political agendas, and deliver them virtually nothing.”
- Although Brown received only five years in jail, the details of the case made it possible for her to gotten much more. Tax crimes carry the potential sentence of life in prison.
What effect, if any, do crimes like these have on your own charitable contributions?