Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, former chief of staff for former Rep Corrine Brown, pled guilty to fraud charges. This does not bode well for Corrine Brown as she is under the same fraud charges. They used an education charity found that they started for personal gain.
As Written by for the Free Beacon.
The chief of staff to former Rep. Corrine Brown (D., Fla.) has pleaded guilty to fraud after being indicted for using charitable funds to benefit himself.
Brown and Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, the former congresswoman’s chief of staff, were indicted in July 2016 on 24 counts of fraud stemming from a sham foundation established by Brown.
Brown’s Virginia-based organization, One Door for Education, received $800,000 over a four-year period. The funds were meant to pay for college scholarships for disadvantaged students and computers for Florida schools. Only two checks totaling $1,200 went toward charitable purposes during that period.
Instead, the organization’s money was spent to personally benefit Brown, Simmons, and the group’s president, Carla Wiley, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in March 2016. More than $200,000 was used to purchase NFL tickets, luxury vacations, car repairs, and plane tickets, and to throw upscale events.
Simmons admitted that he used his position to employ a relative in a government position, Circa.com reported. There is no record that the relative did any work for over $700,000 in salary payments between 2001 and 2016.
Simmons faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. However, Simmons’ attorneys believe he will not serve any jail time and will only have to pay the fine if he ….
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