Jurors in the federal fraud trial of former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown came back with a guilty verdict on 18 of 22 counts she was charged with.
Brown and Ronnie Simmons, her chief of staff who previously pleaded guilty in the case, were named last year in a 24-count federal indictment relating to a scheme led by Brown in which she used her official post as a member of Congress to help solicit $800,000 in contributions for a sham education charity, One Door for Education.
Brown even took the stand during her trial to plead her case and broke down at one point during the trial.
The conviction came one day after a juror was removed by a judge for privately musing to another juror about “higher beings” during deliberations. The exact nature of the comment was unclear, but the removal of a juror during deliberations is often grounds for a defendant to attempt an appear. She will be sentenced later this summer.
Brown was indicted last year — just as she was running in a newly drawn seat, Florida’s 5th congressional district. Brown had once described her prosecution as a ”-Politico
Sentencing is scheduled for later this summer.
Read more about the Corrine Brown saga here.