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WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife are appearing in federal court to answer criminal charges that they engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.


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Both the former Illinois congressman and his wife, Sandra, have agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors. Jackson is charged with conspiracy and his wife with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the income the couple received.

The Jacksons were appearing separately Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins — with the former congressman scheduled in the morning and his wife in the afternoon.

Both Jackson and his wife face maximum penalties of several years in prison; he also faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and forfeitures.

Jackson, 47, used campaign money to buy items including a $43,350 gold-plated men’s Rolex watch and $9,587.64 worth of children’s furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. His wife spent $5,150 on fur capes and parkas, the document said.

Read More at OfficialWire . By Pete Yost.


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