Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds

The ex-Illinois congressman and his wife agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors.

The ex-Illinois congressman and his wife agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors. (2/20/13)

WASHINGTON - Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has entered a guilty plea in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

Both the former Illinois congressman and his wife, Sandra, had agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors. Jackson's guilty plea was to a conspiracy charge. His wife is charged with filing false joint federal income tax returns.

Both Jackson and his wife face maximum penalties of several years in prison; he also faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and forfeitures.

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