Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was found guilty of 18 counts in the One Door for Education case. She faces a five-year prison stretch.
Brown is asserting she should be free during the appeal process; however, Judge Timothy Corrigan sees it differently, declaring: “The law presumes that a person who stands convicted and sentenced will begin service of her sentence unless she can meet certain criteria.”
“Ms. Brown has been accorded all the consideration she is due, she has not met the standard to remain on release pending appeal, and it is in the interest of justice that she begin serving her sentence. However,” Corrigan added, “Ms. Brown may seek release pending appeal from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court will set a report date that gives Ms. Brown time to do so.”
Brown has until Dec. 29 to file that motion. As it stands, she must report to prison by Jan. 29, 2018.
Brown was found guilty earlier this year, protestations of innocence notwithstanding, of a laundry list of charges. Among them: conspiracy to defraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax fraud and fraudulent financial disclosures.
All of this tied to a nonperforming educational charity — One Door for Education — that was used as a slush fund by Brown and her co-conspirators for a period of years, with over $800,000 being funneled through the charity by the end.