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Corrine Brown agrees to federal plea deal for time served, admits filing fraudulent tax returns

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown (D), reached a plea deal today with a federal court that ensures the 75-year-old will not have to return to jail. Brown was convicted of multiple felony fraud charges in 2017 and sentenced to 5 years in prison for stealing money from her charity that was supposed to award scholarships to children and other charges. She was released from jail to home confinement in April 2020 over coronavirus fears and released from home confinement pending appeal in October of 2020.

Last year, an appeals court overturned her 2017 conviction and ordered a new trial on 18 criminal counts; the court said the judge had improperly removed a juror and replaced him with an alternate during her trial.

Brown had not previously admitted guilt to any of the charges, but today she pled guilty to one count of Interference with the Due Administration of the Internal Revenue Laws. That count has a maximum sentence of 3 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 or both, plus a term of supervised release of up to one year. In pleading guilty, Brown acknowledged that not only did she try to evade the payment of taxes, she “did so corruptly.” The plea agreement specifies that “In this context, to act ‘corruptly’ means to act knowingly and dishonestly for a wrongful purpose.”

All other counts were dismissed as part of the agreement, and the agreed-upon sentence is time served, with no term of supervised release. However, she agreed to pay restitution of $62,650.99 to the IRS.

Specifically, Brown admitted to filing income tax returns for tax years 2008 to 2014 that did not include income she received in cash, and during that same period, she admitted to over-reporting her charitable giving, including asking non-profit entities to create letters that credited her with donations that she did not make.

For example, in 2009, she reported $23,505 in gifts to charity, including $12,000 worth of furniture and other items to Edward Waters College. When she received a notification that she was being audited in 2010, she asked the college to generate a letter stating that she had donated furniture and accessories valued at $12,000 in 2008. The college provided her with the letter, but Edward Waters officials and witnesses later testified that she did not make that donation in 2008 and that the furniture and other items mentioned in the letter were already present at the college.

In 2010, she filed an income tax return that claimed a donation of $8,000 in items to the same college, which she now admits did not occur. Again, the college provided a letter to the IRS supporting the claimed donation.

In 2011, she failed to report cash deposits that were made into her bank accounts and reported a donation of $10,000 to Community Rehabilitation Center that was supported by a fraudulent letter from the charity. She also reported a fraudulent donation of $9,500 to Edward Waters in that year.

Her returns for the 2012-2014 tax years had similar problems with amounts donated to charities that were not supported by records. The plea agreement acknowledges that Brown “signed each referenced tax return under penalty of perjury.”

The City of Gainesville’s RTS Administration Building was named after Brown in 2014 because she helped get federal funds for the project. The RTS Advisory Board voted in December 2020 to ask the city commission to remove Brown’s name from the building, and the board sent the city commission a letter in February 2021, officially asking them to consider removing Brown’s name. The letter read, “The consensus of the board is that the name on the building distracts from the issue of public transportation in Gainesville and takes up valuable discussion time during advisory board meetings… We understand the commission has been reluctant to address this issue in the past, but please be aware that it is a persistent concern in the minds of many community members across the city.” However, the city commission has not acted on that recommendation, and Brown’s name remains on the building.

  • Why is this convict’s name still on buildings in alaucha County

    • Because white officials like Poe, Ward, Hayes saliva are scared to be called racist for taking it down, that’s why. So much for the many deserving students who never got a dime from “one- door” charity fraud that gave only 1 limited scholarship. These scared white pukes should have to pay for those scholarships!

      • J.G. Thanks for the note reminding people that there are actual victims in this matter. Brown’s pension should go to scholarships and repay anybody at Edwards Waters College or the Community Rehab Center who loses their job or goes to jail because Brown used her direct political influence to force them into her scheme to defraud the IRS.

  • Leave her there for the entire sentence. She knows right from wrong,

    • Yeah without even sitting on a bus, but riding high priced limousines paid for by people’s donations. All ignored by Gangsville city commission.

  • “Brown admitted to filing income tax returns for tax years 2008 to 2014 that did not include income she received in cash”

    Confident Single Ladies using that as a template while pretending things ain’t so great

  • Her name will serve as a reminder to local Dems to hire more *crafty* tax accountants and lawyers when establishing their golden-parachute_NGO.org retirement plans.

    • They need to go after those charities & Edward waters college for writing fake
      Donation letters…she’s the witness against them.
      That should have been a condition of her plea deal…
      The whole system is corrupted it seems. This is rudimentary stuff…

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  • A sworn liar and thief. Needs to be returned to prison for the corruption she created. Shame on her!

  • Where’s the penalty if all you have to do is give back the money you stole?

    Wonder what kind of privilege she was granted for being granted such leniency? She’ll probably be running for city or county commissioner.

  • She should go back to jail for cultural misappropriation
    Of that wig.

  • Edward Waters College should have to pay some penalties and whoever gave her the fake letters she requested should also have to pay the piper. What BS!!

    • Yes. Someone needs to go to jail for the corruption.
      Is Edward Waters College a black college? Maybe they
      Aren’t going after them because of equity. Should SAO
      Kramer of the 8th district investigate this? According to
      Swampy, this might not be kosher.

      • Exactly…who else is getting fake write-offs from
        Edward Waters College. Where’s the headline?:
        Edward waters college being investigated by the
        IRS for tax fraud….maybe Corrine needs to be
        Charged federally now!

        • my mistake about the Federal charges…If she got off that, then State Charges. Desantis needs to
          Take back any state funds given to Edward waters
          College until the corruption probe is over. We deserve to bites of the apple! 🍎

          • We deserve two bites of the 🍏 apple!
            Federal charges, now State charges.

  • “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” — George Orwell

  • Community Rehabilitation center ; they wrote fake
    Letter for her. They should be investigated. The city
    Needs to take her name off the RTS bus building.

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