Former Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday after she was convicted of 18 counts of charges related to fraud and corruption.
A judge found Brown guilty of 18 of 22 counts in May for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a sham charity, One Door for Education, and using the money for parties, trips, and shopping.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan also sentenced Ronnie Simmons, Brown’s chief of staff, and Carla Wiley, the charity’s president, to 48 months and 21 months in prison, respectively.
“This was a crime born out of entitlement and greed committed to ensure a lifestyle that was beyond their means,” Corrigan said in a statement before announcing the sentences, according to the Florida Times-Union. “Just think of the good that could have been done with that money if it would have been used for its intended purpose.”
Brown must report to prison no sooner than Jan. 8.
The former congresswoman’s lawyer said Brown plans to appeal the sentence and pushed for probation.
Brown was convicted of 18 charges involving conspiracy, aiding and abetting mail and wire fraud, concealing income and filing false tax returns.
The sham organization received more than $830,000 in four years, but only $1,200 went to scholarships for students, according to First Coast News.
According to court documents, $330,000 of the money from One Door for Education was used for events Brown attended or were held in her honor, such as a luxury box at a Beyonce concert and skybox seats at an NFL game. Tens of thousands of dollars went directly to the former congresswoman.
Brown was elected to Congress in 1992. She was defeated for re-nomination in the 2016 Democratic primary.