Government ready to seize Corrine Brown's assets if convicted

Former congresswoman's federal corruption trial to begin April 26

By Lynnsey Gardner - Investigative reporter
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. government is already making a formal request to seize former Congresswoman Corrine Brown's assets if she's found guilty in her federal corruption trial.

Brown faces 22 federal charges, including mail and wire fraud, and the trial begins April 26.

In a new court filing, prosecutors are asking the judge to decide how much of Brown’s assets would be forfeited to the federal government if she's found guilty.

They allege she and her former chief of staff used a fake nonprofit to funnel $800,000 to themselves in a personal “slush fund.”

Brown’s co-defendant admitted guilt in a plea deal and will testify against her.

Brown maintains her innocence.

Jury selection, which is expected to last two days, is set for April 24. Thirty-nine potential jurors will be brought in for the selection process, which will result in a jury of 12 members and two alternates.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a notice Friday afternoon with the names of 45 potential witness in the upcoming trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Later in the evening, Brown's defense team filed its list, which contains 33 names.

At a hearing this month, lawyers estimated there would be 11 days of testimony.

Brown told News4Jax last month that she would testify, defending herself in court, but her name is not on the witness list.

"I’m ready. I want this to be behind me. (This) chapter in my life, this needs to be over," Brown said.

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