Jesse Jackson Jr.’s plea deal could be filed today and the documents show that Jackson Jr. may be sentenced to several years in prison.
Jackson Jr. faces between 46 to 47 months in jail and could be fined up to $100,000 for conspiring with his wife to spend some $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. The deal also calls for forfeiture of a portion of the $750,000 in campaign funds, according to Politico. Jackson Jr.’s wife, Sandi, is also ensnared in the controversy and will reportedly plead guilty to a tax crime. In addition to her job as Chicago’s 7th Ward alderman, from which she recently resigned, Sandi worked as a campaign manager and treasurer for Jackson Jr. at different points in time.
The Jacksons allegedly spent the campaign money on everything from a Rolex watch to fur coats to Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Michael Jackson memorabilia.
The feds have filed charges against both former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson. Four felony charges were filed against Jackson Jr., including making false statements, mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy. A single charge of filing false tax returns was filed against Sandi.
The Jacksons are under fire for spending some $750,000 of campaign funds on personal items, including:
*$43,350 for a gold-plated Rolex watch
*$5,150 on fur capes and parkas
*$9,588 on children’s furniture
*$10,000 in Bruce Lee memorabilia
*$27,000 in Michael Jackson memorabilia
*$5,000 for a football signed by U.S. Presidents
*$11,000 in Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia
“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.”
Tom Kirsch, an attorney for Sandi, stated the following: “Sandi is very sorry for her conduct. She accepts full responsiblity for her actions. She is very grateful for the support of the friends and family who’ve been helping her through this very difficult time.”
The charges filed against Jackson Jr. and Sandi can be seen here and here, respectively.
Political analysts say Jackson Jr. may have given up other parties or may plan on testifying to a grand jury against certain people for crimes they may have committed.