oday, former Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. was charged with conspiracy, mail fraud making false statements, wire fraud, and criminal forfeiture for allegedly misusing over $700,000 in funds from his campaign account.
Now that detailed charges have been listed against former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., the incredibly silly things that brought a promising political career to a halt have been revealed.
All with campaign funds.
Former Rep. Jackson was charged today for misusing $750,000 in campaign money for personal expenses that included trivial items and expensive bling in some cases connected to entertainers. The items included:
— $43,350 gold-plated Rolex watch
— $9,587.64 in children’s furniture
— $582,772.58 of purchases for personal use
— $20,000 in Michael Jackson memborabilia.
— $5,000 for a football signed by U.S. Presidents
— $10,000 worth of Bruce Lee Memorabilia
A statement from former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr released today read:
“Over the course of my life I have come to realize that none of us are immune from our share of shortcomings and human frailties. Still I offer no excuses for my conduct, and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made. To that end I want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for the things that I did right.”
Additionally it was reported that Jackson’s wife Sandi reached a deal with prosecutors.
Dan Webb and Tom Kirsch, attorneys for Sandi Jackson, issued the following statement today:
“Today, Sandi Jackson reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to plead guilty to one count of tax fraud. 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. She is thankful for the support of her family and friends during this very difficult time.”