Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife charged, lawyers say they will plead guilty

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife charged, lawyers say they will plead guilty
Photo credit: Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune, March 9, 2012

Federal prosecutors charged former Illinois Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. Friday of using $750,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses such as a $43,350 Rolex watch and $5,000 in capes and parkas from a fur shop.

According to court documents, he was also charged with conspiracy, making false statements and mail and wire fraud.

His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, was also charged Friday, but with filing falsified tax returns from 2006 through 2011.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the couples’ lawyers said the two plan to plead guilty.

“I can confirm that he intends to plead guilty to the charge in the information,” Jackson Jr.’s attorney Brian Heberlig told the Tribune. Heberlig did not immediately return a message left Friday by The Chicago Reporter at his office.

According to the Tribune, Sandi Jackson’s attorneys released a statement that she had reached an agreement to plead guilty to tax fraud. One of her attorneys, Dan K. Webb, did not return an email or telephone messages left at his office by the Reporter.

Jackson Jr. resigned from his post in the U.S. House of Representatives in November amid a federal investigation and said he had been diagnosed with bipolar depression. His wife stepped down in January as 7th Ward alderman, citing family health matters.

If you’re looking to find out more about the latest development with the Jacksons’ check out some of the other media coverage.

You can also look at the court documents directly here or download them from Scribd:

U.S. v. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. - Stamped Information by

U.S. v. Sandra Stevens Jackson - Stamped Information by

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  • Well he was the champion of poverty and race, and look what that got his poor and racial constituents.

    Also, as the Tribune editorial pointed out, the Michael Jackson memorabilia and the like are trivial. For that matter, so is one count of signing a fraudulent tax return. That's the charges to which the Jacksons were willing to plead. One has to wonder what the feds really had on them.

    But I'm sure that the journalists at the Chicago Reporter won't find out.

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