Jesse Jackson Jr. Tells Court He Can’t Pay $750K Fine

Source: Catalina Camia / USA Today

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has no money to pay a $750,000 fine and wants to serve his prison time first if he and his wife both go to jail, according to court documents.

Jackson, a one-time rising Democratic Party star from Illinois, admitted last year to using $750,000 in campaign money to buy groceries and pay for luxury items, including a gold-plated men’s Rolex watch and memorabilia that once belonged to Michael Jackson and Martin Luther King Jr.

Federal prosecutors earlier this month recommended a four-year prison term for Jackson and 18 months in jail for Sandi Jackson, who pleaded guilty to falsifying the couple’s tax returns over a six-year period. The government also wants Jackson to repay his campaign the amount used for personal purposes.

Jackson and his wife, a former Chicago alderman, are scheduled to be sentenced in early July. They have two children.

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