*In Washington today, former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. entered a guilty plea in court to criminal charges that he engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
Earlier, Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandra had agreed to plead guilty in deals with prosecutors. Specifically, Jackson’s guilty plea was to a conspiracy charge.
According to the AP, Sandra Jackson is due in court later on a charge of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the income the couple received. The Jacksons were appearing separately before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins.
Both Jacksons face maximum penalties of several years in prison; he also faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and forfeitures.