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.
- “”Sandi Jackson’s lawyers also made a statement on her behalf, according to DNAinfo.com Chicago, saying, “Ms. Jackson has accepted responsibility for her conduct, is deeply sorry for her actions, and looks forward to putting this matter behind her and her family.”
- The Chicago Sun-Times talked to the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. about his son’s troubles. He said, “This is a painful ordeal, but with love and prayer, we’ll get through it.”
- The Chicago Tribune has a compelling photo gallery of Jackson Jr. through the years.
You can also look at the court documents directly here or download them from Scribd: