Saturday, February 16, 2013
Black politician crime: Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been charged with scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses and his wife was charged with filing false income tax forms
Federal prosecutors filed a charge of conspiracy against the former congressman and charged his wife, Sandra, with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011. Both agreed to plead guilty in plea deals with federal prosecutors. The charges represent a dramatic fall from political prominence for the couple. The son of a black political agitator, Jackson entered Congress in 1995 and resigned in November 2012. Sandi, as she's known, was a Chicago alderman, but resigned recently. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s spending included $43,350 on a gold-plated men's Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on children's furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. Tom Kirsch, an attorney for Jackson's wife, says that she has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and would plead guilty to one tax count.