Most people would be happy to live off of $128,000 a year but for Corrine Brown, her spending habits were not covered by the $175,000 she made a year from being a member of Congress and collecting a pension from Florida’s Legislature.That was the case for seven years before she was indicted on federal fraud and tax charges.
What prosecutors said kept her afloat was cash from the “charity” One Door for Education, from allies and from her campaign committee “Friends of Corrine Brown.” Prosecutors also said Brown lied on her tax returns about donations to churches and real nonprofits.
According to Jacksonville.com, accountant Kimberly Henderson testified Brown’s expenses averaged $1,438 more each month than her income.
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Making matters worse, the cash infusions Brown received were not reported on her tax forms as income.
The cash deposits that were not reported on her tax returns include:
- More than $35,00 from One Door for Education
- Thousands more from the Community Rehabilitation Center, the nonprofit ran by City Councilman Reginald Gaffney
- From a private consulting firm owned by Brown staffer, Von Alexander