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Jackson Jr. May Face Fines and Loss of Pension

The former 2nd District representative may face $250,000 in fines and loss of his federal pension, in addition to jailtime after years of misspent campaign funds.

Former 2nd District Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. may lose an estimated $45,000 in federal pension and could face up to five years in prison, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Reports indicate Jackson Jr. intends to plead guilty —money which he now must pay back along with some of the swag he’s collected over the years. His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, faces up to three years in prison for filing false tax returns for the past six years. She also plans on pleading guilty, the report says. Both Jackson’s could also each be fined up to $250,000.

The outcome of the court’s decision will be based on many factors, some of which help Jackson, such as his ongoing struggle with Bipolar II disorder and his willingness to plead guilty. Other issues may hinder him, such as the amount of time he had been misspending campign money and his former dealings with the currently imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. It is speculated that Sandi Jackson will see a less severe punishment, partly because of the couple's two children.

Get the rest of the story on the Chicago Tribune's website

LocalRez February 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Wow, such a shame. When a man and wife team of color had all the opportunities to get ahead, get educated, live well above average means and it just isn't enough what can you expect out of anyone struggling to get ahead? They could have been great examples for their race and culture which are in desperate need of good role models (aren't we all these days) Being caught red handed on several counts (I'm sure their were others too) They are no better than common criminals, no better than the corner store thief or purse stealing brut you have to ask yourself WHY, WHY would they do this? What a great legacy you leave Jesse!!! Just another crook! I hope they get the book thrown at them as an example (like any other thieves regardless of color). I don't want criminals on the pension payrolls!
Dinkum February 20, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Those brought down by greed and corruption are sad indeed. It matters little to me they are a "team of color". I think what is truly sad is how those who want to identify with them (kind of like celebrities or athletes) can be taken in by the illusion of fame. In the end they were in it for themselves and the political system, which at one time held them up, crushed them. They should be held accountable for their actions and they shall be. However, the dysfunctional political system is alive and well. So are the unfortunates who continue to look to others to solve their problems and desperately try to escape the pain in their lives.
Hernendo RevolveR February 20, 2013 at 01:59 AM
I'll bet if he ran for Congress again he'd win.
Tom February 20, 2013 at 05:14 AM
I'm so sick and tired of hearing that Jackson "might " be fined and that he "might" lose his pension and how we keep getting the sympathy play because of his mental issues. He SHOULD be fined, he SHOULD lose his pension and he SHOULD get some real gray bar hotel time, he's a CROOK and so is his wife. Both of them thought they were smarter than everybody else and all JJJr kept saying was if they had something on him, "bring it on" and by golly they did. Now it's time to pay the piper.
Rick Genett February 20, 2013 at 01:53 PM
It's amazes me that 68% of the "cool aid" drinking democrats of the 2nd Dristrict casted (wasted) they're votes for this "crook" this past November. They felt that this egomaniac was worthy of they're precious vote. My, what incredibly low standards they have for electing they're representatives in Washington. I wonder how many will vote for Ex-Convict Mel Reynolds? The 2nd District is full of foolish voters who do not value they're precious vote or can think for themselves.
macsosub February 20, 2013 at 02:00 PM
No Doubt The clueless voters in the 2nd District would vote him in regardless of what he has done. BAAAAAAA
Jason Brennan February 20, 2013 at 07:40 PM
I hope someone who voted for this guy will read this and learn a lesson. Of course, they would need to learn how to read first, then they would need to care about anyone else but themselves, then they'd have to admit that they could possibly have ever made a mistake. It might happen though, you never know!

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