Feds lay out funds misuse case against Jesse Jackson Jr.
February 15th, 2013
04:05 PM ET

Feds lay out funds misuse case against Jesse Jackson Jr.

[Updated 8:20 p.m: To clarify the nature of the filed court document]

Federal prosecutors Friday filed felony charges against former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., alleging the illegal misuse of about $750,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and gifts.

PDF: See federal charges

The formal charges of conspiracy, making false statements, and mail and wire fraud, were made public in federal court only days after Jackson had signed a plea deal with prosecutors who were investigating potential financial improprieties.

After the charges were filed Friday, Jackson issued a statement accepting responsibility for making mistakes and bad decisions. He did not dispute prosecutors' allegations.

[Original post, 4:05 p.m.]

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and a co-conspirator have admitted to concealing about $750,000 in campaign funds for their personal use, according to a plea deal filed in federal court Friday.

PDF: See plea deal

Jackson, D-Illinois, admitted to conspiracy and other charges related to the misappropriated campaign funds, according to the court documents.

CNN reported last week that Jackson had signed a plea deal with prosecutors investigating potential financial improprieties, but the details of the alleged improprieties weren't then available.

Jackson, who represented Illinois' 2nd Congressional District beginning in 1995, resigned in late November after winning election to a tenth term in the House. He had not been seen in Washington or his district since last spring, and his office slowly revealed that he was receiving treatment for a mood disorder, depression and gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

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  1. Bill

    Father like son Senior Jackson has no job but is always seems to go everywhere and is dressed to perfection Can
    someone tell me how this is done? ,because I must be doing something wrong working for a living

    February 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      He has a J.D. and has worked for foundations and as a representative. That's probably more than you do. That said, he needs to suffer the consequences of his actions like any other embezzler.

      February 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SCBAMA

      Foundation. The great spender of other peoples money. He has not achomplished anything by himself in his life. Total loser.

      February 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sonny

    I think the official diagnosis in this situation should be changed from depression, bi-polar disorder, and gastrointestinal issues to scared schitless.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol. He should be.

      February 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tony

    The USA, where Politicians and Pastors make out like bandits. And all their money is donated by idiots or those wanting a reward. What a blessing.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. empresstrudy

    don't worry Al Sharpton has already declared it's a racist witchunt

    February 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mac daddy

    Right on Bill. And if anyone thinks he will draw prison time, think again, the judge will be scared to death to touch him and the money will flow to keep him out. Not to mention the Black Panthers will have a say.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alger Dave

    You have to cut him some slack. He is, after all, a politician in Chicago – the land of corrupt politicians. What's that you say – Obama is from there too? Well, you said it, I didn't....

    February 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • He should go to jail

      You mean the same as all politicians from Texas are stupid and evil?

      February 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zwei Stein

      Please tell us of one, any one place in the US that is free of corrupt politicians.

      February 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Zwei Stein: exactly.

      February 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sick of it

    And this is exaclty where Obama came from...Chicago. Do you think he will act any different in DC? What's he done in four years except advocate gays, lesbians, and free healthcare? This country is in big trouble.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      You need to get out more.....

      February 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      SOI translation: "the sky is falling! The sky is falling!"

      February 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. He should go to jail

    I hope the plea deal didn't include no jail time, and the same for his co conspirator (probably the wifey)

    February 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mac daddy

    Hey if Obama had a son, .....yea you know, plus his granddaddy was a slave, his dad was a slave, you know the story.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zwei Stein

    If this was the plea deal, I can't even imagine what really went down.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Walmart reports that employees are now taking home less money. Yea this a underhanded thing the republicans did. But thier STILL trying to put it into words, how exactly they pulled it off.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bubba

    Another shwatz thief. That needs to go to jail.

    February 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    Where is not old Jesse these days? I miss his speeches with all the rhymes and rhythm.

    February 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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