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Jesse Jackson Jr., wife Sandi plead guilty to federal charges

A federal judge sentenced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to 30 months, or 2-and-a-half years, in prison for misuse of campaign funds.

His wife, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, was sentenced to 12 months for tax fraud.

In late November 2012, Jackson Jr. resigned from his Illinois Congressional seat in the second district. In January, Sandi Jackson stepped down from her position at Chicago’s 7th Ward alderman.

Both pleaded guilty in February.

On October 29, Jesse Jackson Jr. entered a minimum security prison in North Carolina to begin serving his sentence.

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Former Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been transferred to minimum-security prison camp in Alabama.

Jackson had been serving time at the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina but he was recently moved to the prison camp at the Maxwell Air Force base in Montgomery, Alabama.

Jackson is the son of the civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. The father, reached by telephone today in Japan, said today that his son’s health was improving and that was the rationale for the transfer.

“It’s a medical situation,” he said.

Jackson was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally using campaign money for personal use.

His scheduled release date is December 31, 2015.

One month later, his wife, Sandi, will begin her one-year prison sentence for filing false income tax returns.

-Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

Jesse Jackson Jr. has paid back some of the $750,000 in fines that he owes.

Court records show Jackson gave the U.S. Marshals service a check for $200,000 on October 25.

He reported to a federal prison camp in North Carolina four days later.

The former congressman is serving a two-and-a-half year prison term after admitting to illegally using campaign money.

Sandi Jackson will serve a 12-month sentence after her husband is released.

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. just spent his first night in prison.

Jackson was admitted into prison in Butner, North Carolina, but it took two tries to do so.

The first time happened Monday when Jackson was dropped off by his attorney.

That’s four days before he was supposed to show up.

His attorney says a problem with some paperwork held things up, so he had to be brought back Tuesday morning.

Jackson is now serving his 30-month sentence for using campaign money for personal use.

After his release, his wife Sandi, will begin serving her one-year sentence for tax evasion.

Disgraced ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr reported to federal prison in Butner North Carolina yesterday – and then again today.

His attorney CK Hoffler escorted the former Chicago congressman to the prison doors Monday, days before he was expected to report to the prison.

“We drove Sunday from D.C. to Butner after he said goodbye to his wife and kids,” Hoffler said.

He then waited until Monday afternoon to enter the gates.  He was assigned to the minimum security prison to serve his 30 month sentence.

jesse-jackson-jrBut it didn’t work. After saying goodbye to his lawyer and another fellow congressman, they headed to the airport and Jackson Jr headed inside for processing. Sometime later, Hoffler learned something was wrong with Jackson’s paperwork. He suddenly found himself checking out of prison.

Jackson stayed overnight at a local hotel in Butner.

This morning at 10,  he reported to prison for a second time.  The man once poised to rise to great heights has taken a fall so far from grace.  The ex-congressman traded in his power suits for prison khakis.

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is now in custody.

The Bureau of Prisons has confirmed that Jackson Jr.  is in the minimum security prison as of 10 a.m. (CST) Tuesday.

Jackson’s lawyer says he went to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina on Monday night to start his 30-month sentence, but he was turned away.

Jackson was convicted of stealing from his campaign funds and spending it on luxury items.

His 30-month prison sentence was supposed to start by November 1.

Jackson is said to have gone to the prison with Congressman GK Butterfield, some lawyers, but no family members.

WGN-TV’s Mark Suppelsa spoke to his wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson.

She says her family was surprised that her husband turned himself in early.  She says she found out when his lawyer called her Monday night.

There were some conflicting reports about the whereabouts of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, but the Tribune has confirmed that he is not in custody.

His lawyer says Jackson went to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina Monday to start his 30-month sentence, but he was turned away.

Jackson was convicted of stealing from his campaign funds and spending it on luxury items.

He’s supposed to start his 30-month prison sentence by November 1.

Prison officials have not said why they turned him away.

Jackson is said to have gone to the prison with Congressman GK Butterfield, some lawyers, but no family members.

WGN-TV’s Mark Suppelsa spoke to his wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson.

She says her family was surprised that her husband turned himself in early.  She says she found out when his lawyer called her Monday night.

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. — once a rising Democratic star whose political fortunes imploded over the use of campaign finances to support lavish personal spending — began his federal prison sentence Monday, a spokeswoman said.

Bunnie Jackson-Ransom said Jackson was accompanied to the medium-security facility in Butner, North Carolina, by attorney C.K. Hoffler and Rep. G.K. Butterfield.

“He is in good spirits, all things considered,” Butterfield said, according to a news release.

Jackson, 48, was sentenced in August to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds, money that went to personal expenses like vacations, fur coats and movie memorabilia.

His wife, Sandra Jackson, was also caught up in the case and pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns that failed to account for hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxable income. She was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Jackson has promised to pay $200,000 towards his $750,000 fraud judgment by November 1, according to court documents.

Filed last week, the documents show that Jackson has so far been unable to meet his financial obligations in the judgment and has promised to sell a property he owns in Washington in order to start paying it off.

jackson-jrThe filing requests that the former Illinois congressman be given until June 2014 to pay the full amount. He will need to submit a status report by mid-May.

The property Jackson is promising to sell is located in Washington’s costly Dupont Circle neighborhood. Jackson could also be forced to sell a property in Chicago.
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Former congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., and his wife will sell their townhouse in Washington D.C. to help pay back the money they owe.

Jackson was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for taking $750,000 from his campaign fund, and then spending it on memorabilia, vacations and other things.

He is expected to report to prison soon.

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The Dupont Circle house (center) of Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

His wife, sandi, will serve one year in prison for filing bogus tax returns.

In a court filing Friday, the Jacksons say they will sell their home near D.C.’s Dupont Circle.

The house was once on the market in September 2012 with an asking price of $2.5 million.

WGN News has learned that former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson has paid back her judgment fine to the government in full: $22,000.

On Friday, the U.S. Marshal’s Service cancelled the auction of assets from the Jessie Jackson, Jr. case.

There are concerns about the authenticity of the guitar signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen.

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The Marshals Service will conduct a secondary review of all the assets.

Once the review is complete, a decision will be made whether to repost any assets for sale.

Jackson pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud.

Photo caption: The U.S. Marshals Service is putting up for auction several times owned by Jesse Jackson Jr., including this framed and matted “Michael Jackson” & “Eddie Van Halen” autographed Epiphone Les Paul guitar. (Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers)

An auction will begin today for luxury items once owned by convicted ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

The U.S. Marshals Service is selling a dozen items that Jackson bought with campaign funds.

He pleaded guilty to those charges, and will spend 30-months in prison.

His wife, Sandi, was sentenced to 12 months after pleading guilty to tax fraud.

The auction includes fur coats and capes, along with pictures of Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee.

A guitar that was believed to have been signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen has been removed from the auction after questions came up about its authenticity.

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