Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandra Jackson Charged With Misusing Campaign Funds

11:53 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Jesse Jackson Jr., former representative from Illinois, was charged with using campaign funds for personal items like furniture in his home and other luxury items. 

Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, were implicated in the federal investigation, officials said. 

Jackson released a statement on Friday, claiming he has no excuses for his conduct and he accepts full responsibility for the charges. 

Sandi Jackson reached a plea deal with federal officials. She plead guilty to one charge of tax fraud, according to her attorneys. 

"Today, Sandi Jackson reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office to plead guilty to one count of tax fraud. Ms. Jackson has accepted responsibility for her conduct, is deeply sorry for her actions, and looks forward to putting this matter behind her and her family. She is thankful for the support of her family and friends during this very difficult time," Sandi Jackson's attorneys said. 

Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged with using more than $700,000 for his personal expenditures, drawing money from the campaign funds, according to federal authorities. 

Jackson spent thousands on Bruce Lee memorabilia, football memorabilia, Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia and even Michael Jackson memorabilia, according to federal documents. 

Click on the PDF attachments in this story to see the full list of what Jackson is accused of spending federal campaign funds on. 

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