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Corrine Brown

US Rep. Brown seeks financial help to pay for trial costs

Indicted U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is asking for help to pay for her upcoming trial on federal fraud charges.

The Florida Times-Union reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/2cVhmhk ) Brown is asking supporters to give her money to "help fight these false charges."

Brown and her chief of staff Elias "Ronnie" Simmons have pleaded not guilty to multiple fraud charges and other federal offenses. The charges stem from an investigation into what prosecutors call a phony charity turned into a personal slush fund.

Brown, who was first elected in 1992, will soon be leaving Congress. Brown last month lost the Democratic primary to former State Sen. Al Lawson.

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