Feds File Charges Against Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., Wife

WASHINGTON (February 15, 2013)--Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., has been charged with spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses and his wife is charged with filing false income tax forms.

Federal prosecutors filed a charge of conspiracy against the former congressman and charged his wife, Sandra, with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011.

In a statement, the former congressman said he offers no excuses for his conduct and fully accepts responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes he has made.

An attorney for former Jackson’s wife says she signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors related to accusations her husband misused campaign funds.

Tom Kirsch told The Associated Press former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson agreed to plead guilty to one count of tax fraud.

The tax-fraud count carries a maximum 3-year prison sentence but Kirsch said the agreement doesn't "contemplate a sentence of that length."

He said his client and her husband have supported each other.

He said the episode has been stressful for Sandi Jackson, but said she "expected to be held responsible ... and wants to put (it) behind her and her family."

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