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July 08, 2016

Fla. Congresswoman Faces Charity-Linked Corruption Charges

Rep. Corrine Brown has been indicted on public-corruption charges in connection with her alleged ties to an unregistered Virginia charity that raised $800,000 but spent almost nothing on its stated educational mission, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The newspaper cites two unnamed federal law-enforcement officials, who declined to provide details of the charges but said the Florida Democrat will be arraigned Friday.

Ms. Brown came under investigation in March after Carla Wiley, the director of One Door for Education, pleaded guilty to fraud. Ms. Wiley launched One Door in 2011, ostensibly to raise money for scholarships. Authorities said she never obtained nonprofit status or filed tax returns and that as of earlier this year the organization had given out only $1,000 for student aid while Ms. Wiley had transferred $140,000 from the group to personal accounts.

Prosecutors in Ms. Wiley’s case alleged that $150,000 from One Door was used to put on a July 2013 golf tournament at a Jacksonville, Fla.-area course hosted by a public official named in court documents only as “Person A.” Ms. Brown hosted a tournament to benefit One Door at the cited course that month.