The Latest: Ex-US Rep Brown get 5 years in prison for fraud



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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's sentencing hearing (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

A federal judge in Florida has sentenced former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in prison, followed by three years of probation, for fraud and other charges related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund.

The sentence was handed down in Jacksonville on Monday morning. The 71-year-old Brown will be allowed to turn herself in no earlier than Jan. 8.

The Democrat served a Florida district that included Jacksonville during her historic, nearly 25-year career.

She was convicted by a federal jury in May on 18 of the 22 charges against her, which included fraud, lying on her tax returns and on her congressional disclosures.

2:58 a.m.

A federal judge is expected to sentence former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown for fraud and other charges related to a purported charity for poor students she used as a personal slush fund.

The 71-year-old Brown is due in court at 10 a.m. Monday in Jacksonville, a city in the Florida district she represented in Congress during her historic, nearly 25-year career.

Brown, a Democrat who was one of the first three African-Americans to be elected to Congress from Florida since Reconstruction, could spend the rest of her life in prison.

She was convicted in May by a federal jury of 18 of the 22 charges against her, which included fraud, lying on her tax returns and on her congressional financial disclosures.

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