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Jesse Jackson Jr. to plead guilty

Feb. 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Former U.S congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will plead guilty to charges he misused campaign finds for personal purposes, his attorney said.

Lawyer Brian Heberlig issued a written statement saying Jackson and his wife, Sandi, both intended to plead guilty to the fraud charge filed by federal prosecutors Friday.

"He has accepted responsibility for his actions and I can confirm that he intends to plead guilty to the charge in the information," Heberlig said.

Mrs. Jackson will plead guilty to one count of filing a false tax return, the Chicago Tribune reported. She was accused of understating the family's income from 2006-2011.

The Tribune said the Jacksons diverted about $750,000 in campaign contributions for personal expenditures such as furniture, clothing and a Rolex watch.

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