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Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi leave the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, after Jackson entered a guilty plea to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
Documents filed by federal authorities provide details about former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson’s alleged role in the unlawful use of her husband’s campaign funds.
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to misuse of campaign funds. His wife pleaded guilty to filing false federal income tax returns.
Prosecutors say Sandi Jackson failed to report about $500,000 in taxable income earned through misuse of her husband’s congressional campaign credit card. The former congressman in one instance ordered $36,000 be issued to Sandi Jackson’s consulting firm in 2006 to pay “billboard expenses” for his campaign. But prosecutors say Sandi Jackson instead transferred the money into a personal account.
Prosecutors say the couple used nearly all of that money to reduce personal debts and didn’t report it on their income taxes.