Jesse Jackson Jr. in court for spending campaign funds

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife are to appear in federal court today to answer criminal charges that they engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2011 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., attends the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation�s third-largest city, his career wasn�t ended by attempts to amass political power. Instead, it was the former congressman�s desire for flashy items like a gold-plated Rolex watch and furs, and collectibles, such as Eddie Van Halen�s guitar. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife are to appear in federal court today to answer criminal charges that they engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

Both the former Illinois congressman and his wife, Sandra, have agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors. Jackson is charged with conspiracy and his wife with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the income the couple received.

The Jacksons will appear separately before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins -- with the former congressman appearing in the morning and his wife in the afternoon.


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