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Jackson Jr. Charged with Federal Crimes

The former 2nd District Congressman was charged with conspiracy, making false statements and two separate counts of fraud. Jackson used campaign funds to purchase mink cashmere capes and Michael Jackson memorabilia, Sun-Times Media reports.

Ex-2nd District Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. might face up to 57 months in prison after he was criminally charged Friday with spending $750,000 of his campaign funds for personal use, Sun-Times Media reports.

To be exact, the defamed former representative was charged with the following, according to the Sun-Times:

  • Conspiracy
  • Making False Statements
  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud

The Sun-Times also lists the following items as allegedly purchased with misspent campaign dollars:

  • $43,350—Rolex watch (gold-plated)
  • $10,000—Children's furniture
  • $5,595—Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia
  • $2,955—Bruce Lee memorabilia
  • $5,000—Football signed by various former presidents.
  • $20,000—Michael Jackson memorabilia
  • $?—Mink cashmere capes and parkas

“I can’t comment on any of (those purchases),” Jesse Jackson Sr. told the Sun-Times. “I could not and should not. I don’t know enough about it. We’re close enough to remain prayerful and supportive. But, I don’t know anything about the legal details.”

Get the rest of the story by the Sun-Times Media

Joel February 16, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Daddy shook down Bud Weiser for a distributorship, Jr. shook down the voters for excess crap.
Servpro Matteson Homewood February 16, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Unfortunately, this is becoming the norm for elected officials in Illinois. "What can I do to serve myself and my friends" is asked more than "what can I do to serve my community". Let's not forget that the majority of voters in this district voted him back into office even though he was under investigation for fraud and misappropriating funds. So he DOES represent his district? Pretty sad
Jack February 16, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Gold Plated? He got taken. Rolex watches are not Gold plated.
nick February 17, 2013 at 04:30 AM
The whole crooked Jackson family should be investigated by the IRS and the FBI
SHUSSBAR February 17, 2013 at 04:50 AM
maybe he got 4 335 ''Rollex'' @ 10$ a piece and they were indeed gold plated :-)

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