Has U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D) violated any House ethics laws or has she committed any type of fraudulent activity?
The House Committee on Ethics unanimously voted this past March 16th to establish an investigative subcommittee to look further into these accusations, however, has since suspended its probe because the Justice Department is investigating the same matter.
According to a press release issued by the Committee of Ethics, the governing body said:
“The Investigative Subcommittee has jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Corrine Brown violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct in the performance of her duties or the discharge of her responsibilities, with respect to allegations that she engaged in improper conduct relating to certain outside organizations, including allegations that she may have conspired with other persons in connection with fraudulent activity, improperly solicited charitable donations, used campaign funds for personal purposes, used official resources for impermissible non-official purposes, failed to comply with tax laws, and made false statements, and/or failed to make required disclosures, to the House of Representatives and Federal Election Commission.”
Although a release from the committee does not list specific allegations, Carla Wiley, the head of a charity associated with Brown, One Door for Education, Inc., entered a plea of “guilty” earlier this month to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Furthermore, in January Brown was served with a federal subpoena – which her office confirmed to POLITICO Florida, according to Matt Dixon.