Months after his resignation announcement and an extensive leave of absence due to depression & a bi-polar disorder, Illinois Democratic representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., 47, and his wife, Sandi, 49, are now facing federal charges after years of illegally utilizing campaign funds for personal expenses.
On Wednesday, February 20, the teary-eyed politician (alongside his wife) stood before U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins and plead “guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit false statements, mail fraud and wire fraud.” According to the Washington Post, the Jacksons have spent over $750, 000 worth of cash for personal and oftentimes expensive purchases like Rolex watches, fur wraps, gym memberships, credit card balances, private school tuition, domestic and international vacation trips. Court documents online how their irresponsible and compulsive spending habits started back in August of 2005.
As a result, Jackson could be facing a prison sentence of 46 to 57 months, and will be forced to forfeit all the inappropriately purchased goods in addition to a fine between $10,000 and $100,000. His wife, on the other hand, “plead guilty to filing false income-tax returns from 2006 through 2011″ and will face a shorter prison sentence. Their final sentencing is set for Friday, June 28th.
As he shamefully left the courtroom, Jackson simply told a Chicago Sun-Times reporter, “Tell everyone back home I’m sorry I let them down, okay?”