GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Corrine Brown's sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 4. Gainesville City Commissioners are waiting until after that date to decide on whether to keep her name on the regional transportation system building, according to WCJB.
The building was named after Brown in 2014, three years before she was found guilty of 18 fraud-related charges.
Brown, 71, was found guilty of 18 counts of federal mail, wire and tax fraud for soliciting donations for a fake charity, using that charity as a “slush fund” for herself and her associates, and lying on her taxes and congressional disclosure forms.
Brown asked twice for the sentencing hearing to be delayed, but those motions were denied.
A court officer will recommend that Brown be ordered to serve seven to nine years in federal prison, but judge Timothy Corrigan does not have to follow that recommendation.
WUFT reported in May that Gainesville city spokesman Chip Skinner said "due to her due diligence and getting the funding to build this wonderful new facility that will be here for the next 40 years, they decided to name the facility after her,” Skinner told WUFT. "The City Commission is aware of the court findings last week, and we are awaiting direction from them on the facility name.”
According to WUFT, the idea of naming the building for Brown emerged during a July 2014 city commission meeting.