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Jesse Jackson, Jr. auction canceled due to guitar concerns

9:40 AM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- According to the U.S. Marshals Service Office of Public Affairs officials have canceled the auction of forfeited assets from the Jesse Jackson, Jr., case after receiving what they call "legitimate concerns about the authenticity of the guitar purportedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen."

Marshals Service says it will conduct a secondary review of all the assets then officials will decide whether or not to repost the assets for sale by auction.

Kim Beal, acting assistant director for the Asset Forfeiture Division of the U.S. Marshals Service, said in a statement released on Friday, "Because new information has come to light, we are taking additional steps to review all the items. It is our practice to be diligent about all matters relating to the management and sale of assets."

Jackson pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud and to making false statements. Jackson admitted that he used about $750,000 in funds from his re-election campaigns to pay for personal items and expenses. The net proceeds from the sale of the auctioned assets were to be used to help satisfy the $750,000 he owed as part of his sentence.

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