5:40 p.m. CST, February 15, 2013
Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi intend to plead guilty to federal charges alleging the former congressman misused $750,000 in campaign funds while she understated their income on tax returns for six years, their lawyers say.
Jackson Jr., 47, a Democrat from Chicago, was charged in a criminal information today with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements. He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and other penalties.
Sandi Jackson was charged with one count of filing false tax returns. She faces up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and other penalties.
Jackson Jr. is accused of diverting $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use.
Federal authorities allege that Jackson Jr. used campaign funds to purchase a $43,350 men’s gold-plated Rolex watch, $5,150 worth of fur capes and parkas, and $9,588 in children’s furniture. The purchases were made between 2007 and 2009, according to the criminal information, which authorities noted is not evidence of guilt.
Other expenditures listed by prosecutors include $10,105 on Bruce Lee memorabilia, $11,130 on Martin Luther King memorabilia and $22,700 on Michael Jackson items, including $4,600 for a "Michael Jackson fedora.
The government also alleged that Jackson Jr. made false statements to the House of Representatives because he did not report approximately $28,500 in loans and gifts he received.
"He has accepted responsibility for his actions and I can confirm that he intends to plead guilty to the charge in the information," Jackson Jr.'s attorney Brian Heberlig said.
Pros: Got blacks to vote in historically high numbers, many initiatives for world peace, shadow senator
Cons: Friends with Louis Farrakhan, Hymietown remark, took the side of the Duke Lacrosse team accuser, jealous of Obama, love-child with a staffer
Jesse Jackson Jr.--
Pros: promoted voter registration actions, congressman of minor note for 17 years
Cons: voted against bipartisan compromise bills, wanted more food stamps, rehab for exhaustion / "mood disorder" / alcoholism / cocaine, Laundering campaign funds, extramarital affair with Peruvian bimbo, one of the people trying to buy Obama's old Senate seat from Rob Blagojevich
Jesse Jackson III (Tre)--
Pros: only 8 years old, good soccer player, likes Transformers
Cons: only 8 years old, knows nothing about political office, no known vices (yet)
So this thread is about picking on an 8 year old?
GO GET EM' TIGER
Ease on down, Ease on down the roadRACIST !!
Can't wait for Jesse Jackson III ??I haven't even seen Part II.
Full title was Jesse Jackson II: Back 2 Tha Hood. Showed in 179 theatres and several smoke-filled rooms in Chicago. I don't know what Jesse Jackson III will be about, but I think it's subtitled "Urban Harvest" and Rob Zombie is attached to direct...Can't wait for Jesse Jackson III ??I haven't even seen Part II.
At least it's not a prequel. They always suck.
They always suck.You must be thinking of "He Spits On Your Navel: The Larry Craig Story". "Or Charlie Crist's War".
Jesse Jr is a skumbag like his pop.He actually seems quite a bit worse.