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House Ethics Panel Opens Probe Into Fla. Rep. Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown
Posted at 10:19 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 22:19:00-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ethics Committee has officially opened an investigation into Florida Democrat Corrine Brown over a number of allegations, including "fraudulent activity" with an unnamed organization.

The committee will defer to the Justice Department and not actively pursue the probe because of the federal investigation.

The panel also is aware of allegations that Brown may have improperly solicited charitable donations, used campaign money for personal use, and failed to comply with tax laws.

Earlier this month, Carla Wiley, a close associate of Brown, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and agreed to testify as part of a larger probe into the activities of a purported charity called One Door for Education.

Court papers say funds to the charity were used to fund parties and extravagances in Washington.