According to various news organizations, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has signed a plea deal that would include jail time and repaying the government hundreds of thousands of dollars for the personal use of campaign funds.
Some of the campaign funds were used for a Rolex watch and for furniture in his Washington, D.C. home. According to Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times, the former Congressman’s wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson, was taken aback by the disclosures in the plea deal:
“Sandi Jackson claims she was stunned by campaign finance abuse disclosures against her husband, who has been treated for mental disorders and allegedly spent $40,000 on a Rolex watch purchased with campaign funds.
This disclosure follows in the wake of an exclusive report Tuesday by Sneed and Sun-Times political reporter Natasha Korecki, revealing the feds’ financial probe of the once-politically powerful Jackson couple has evolved into two separate investigations, with federal authorities now taking an independent look at former Ald. Sandi Jackson.”
In January, Sandi Jackson resigned from her 7th ward alderman position, and she reported a $69,000 discrepancy in financial documents released by her office and her husband’s campaign.
Last year, Jesse Jackson, Jr. was hospitalized for treatment for mental illness and won re-election in November and subsequently resigned from office a few weeks after the November 6 election.