Former Florida congresswoman reports to prison

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Published: Jan. 29, 2018 at 7:01 AM EST
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By: Associated Press

January 29, 2018

COLEMAN, Fla. (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has begun serving a five-year federal sentence for her part in a fraud scheme.

Brown surrendered Monday at a minimum-security camp at the Coleman Federal Correction Complex in central Florida.

She was accused of using money from a charity for poor students as a personal slush fund.

In May, a federal jury convicted her on charges including fraud and lying on her tax returns and on her congressional disclosures.

Brown is appealing her conviction, saying it was wrong for the trial judge to dismiss a juror who claimed the "Holy Spirit" told him she's innocent.

The 71-year-old Democrat represented the Jacksonville area in congress for nearly 25 years.