Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal in a case accusing him of misusing campaign funds.
Jackson signed the plea deal on February 1, pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and false statements. Federal prosecutors are recommending the maximum sentence of five years in the case. A federal judge will hand down the sentence.
As a part of the deal, he will have to give hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the government. Some of that money was used to purchase a watch, furniture for his home in Washington, D.C., and airfare for a friend.
Jackson resigned from his seat in Congress on November 21 of last year for personal health issues. He had previously taken a leave of absence in June and announced he had bipolar disorder.
Jackson's wife Sandi, a member of the Chicago City Council until her resignation in January of last year, is also under federal investigation.
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