Ex-chief of staff gave lawmaker charity checks
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Former U.S. Rep Corrine Brown’s ex-chief of staff says he gave her a steady stream of blank checks and cash from the account of a purported scholarship fund for poor kids that federal prosecutors say she used to fund a lavish lifestyle, including parties in her own honor and shopping trips.
Elias “Ronnie” Simmons testified Wednesday in Brown’s federal fraud trial in Jacksonville. Simmons has pleaded guilty to two related counts in a plea deal with the government.
Simmons said the charity One Door for Education started off as a way to raise money to …