Report: Jackson Jr. expected to plead guilty to federal charges

Politico.com is reporting that former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. conspired with his wife Sandi to illegally spend $750,000 in campaign funds.

According to Politico, other expenses include a $43,000 Rolex watch, home renovations, fur coats and several other big purchases.

The news website reports that Jackson Jr. is expected to plead guilty to the charges against him, including making false statements, and mail and wire fraud. Prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence between 46 and 57 months for Jackson and a fine up to $100,000. A plea agreement could come some time Friday.

A source close to the case tells Politico that Sandi Jackson is expected to plead guilty to a tax offense.

Both Jacksons recently resigned from office, amid the Justice Department’s investigation into their finances.

8 comments

  • Jerry Locke

    Sounds like a sweet deal to me. Steal 750,000 and pay back 100,000. H e gets to keep600,000. Not bad pay for the years he served. What a dirtbag.

  • Alan

    There should be no plea agreements for any politician, they know full well what they were doing. What way to serve the people that trusted you to do the right thing. Jesse Jackson Jr. treated in constituency as bad as the slave owners. He gave them crumbs and expected votes and loyalty for nothing in return. He should be made to buy back every penny with interest with no less than 20 years in prison.

  • Jerry

    The voters in his district deserved him. How can you re-elect a person to office when they are unavailable and involved in a scandal. If he was a republican he would of had to resign years ago. Always a double standard. Now lets see how his father can come up with an excuse that it was racially motivated.

  • Todd Pardee

    He didn’t “steal” the money! People gave him the $750k. Their illegalities were not to report it right or pay taxes. It he only thing he he may have stolen was the taxes he owed the people under the laws he swore to uphold when he went into office. People “give” these guys millions of dollars…

  • Lucy

    I'm glad he he finally got caught along with the wife. Chicago is broke because of people like them. And I am waiting, waiting, and waiting for ex mayor Daley to start getting probed as well. I know for sure he's got A LOT of dirt under the carpet. He need to go down just like Ryan did.

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