Sentencing delayed for charity director tied to Brown fraud case

Carla Wiley expected to be key witness against congresswoman


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The director of a now defunct charity that is at the center of a fraud scandal involving U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown won't be sentenced until next June.

Carla Wiley is expected to be a key witness in Brown's trial on federal corruption charges, which is slated for April 2017.

Wiley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in March, in connection with the questionable Virginia-based nonprofit One Door for Education Foundation.

Prosecutors have said that the government expects Wiley could be on the stand for days.

According to the indictment against Brown and her chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, Brown solicited donations for One Door for Education and, at times, prosecutors said she used that money as a "personal slush fund."

Prosecutors claim Brown, Simmons and Wiley used money donated to the charity to buy plane tickets, repair their personal cars and to pay for luxury vacations in the Bahamas, Los Angeles and Miami Beach. The indictment said more than $200,000 from the charity was used to pay for Brown to host a golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, to pay for lavish receptions, a luxury box at a Beyonce concert and a box when the Jacksonville Jaguars played the Washington Redskins.

Public court documents show One Door for Education was never properly registered with the IRS as a nonprofit organization.

Federal prosecutors had previously asked a judge to delay Wiley’s sentencing because she was being a “cooperative witness.”