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Jackson Jr. vows ‘best efforts’ to come up with $750K

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who faces a possible prison term when he is sentenced Aug. 14, has told government lawyers that he will “make his best efforts” to satisfy a $750,000 forfeiture he owes within the next 90 to 180 days, a court filing today said.

Jackson, 48, a 17-year veteran of Congress who quit last fall, looted his campaign treasury of about $750,000 and spent the money on luxury goods, celebrity memorabilia, mounted elk heads and other items.

The court filing did not disclose how Jackson will come up with the money.

Together, prosecutors and defense lawyers in today’s filing have asked a judge to temporarily stay – or stop – until Oct. 25 a ruling on an earlier request by the government seeking to seize Jackson Jr.’s interest in his two homes, one in Chicago and one in Washington, and as well as a financial account he has.

Jackson, the filing added, “will update the government frequently on hs progress (toward fulfilling the obligation) throughout that time period.”

His wife, Sandi Jackson, 49, a former Chicago alderman, will be sentenced the same day for failing to report about $600,000 in income on the couple’s tax returns.

Federal prosecutors want Jackson Jr. sentenced to four years in prison and his wife to 18 months in prison. Defense lawyers have asked for leniency, in his case because they say he suffers from severe depression and bipolar disorder and in her case, because they say the Jacksons’ children, ages 9 and 13, need their mother.

When the Jacksons pleaded guilty in February to one felony each, he agreed to pay a $750,000 forfeiture and she agreed to make restitution totaling $168,550.

The two defendants will be sentenced before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, no relation, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

kskiba@tribune.com

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11 Comments to “Jackson Jr. vows ‘best efforts’ to come up with $750K”

    Alleluia said:
    August 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    OMG enough with the bull crap and send them to prison already. Please stop using BIPOLAR as an excuse for Jesse Jackson Jr not to go to jail…..he needs to pay the price like everyone else.

    Hal said:
    August 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    The only thing your dad can to do is make a false racism claim against a successful business, and they will pay him the 750K shake down money to drop the claim and use that money to pay your forfeiture.

    Bull said:
    August 1, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Jesse Jackson Jr is nothing but a LIAR and so is his wife with her fake hair.

      Todd said:
      August 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      That’s not all that’s fake!

    joe said:
    August 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    HOW ABOUT A LOAN FROM THE ANHEUSER BUSCH COMPANY- A FAMILY LOAN!

    ml57 said:
    August 1, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    sugar daddy has it covered, an extra collection plate and corporate extortion should have it by next week.

      Todd said:
      August 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      Are you talking about a certain skirt chasing reverend that does not have a church? Maybe Fleger will pass the plate in his?

    bubba said:
    August 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Daddy can you lend me some money.

    Guest said:
    August 1, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    I noticed that the judge is good friends with the supreme leader. Hummmm…….

    Cecilia said:
    August 2, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    He’s not sick, this was all a show, he did this because he knew this was coming. He and his wife should get more time than 4 or 18 months. They were caught stealing. Some of these Judges are crooked. They gave Blodgovich more time because they could not stand him, and everything was hear say. But you want these idiot’s here less time. Our system sucks.

    Alleluia said:
    August 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Jesse Jackson Jr and his Wife are as crooked as the SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!!!!

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