Jackson Jr., 47, a Democrat from Chicago, was charged in a criminal information today with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements. He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and other penalties.
Sandi Jackson was charged with one count of filing false tax returns. She faces up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and other penalties.
Jackson Jr. is accused of diverting $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use.
Federal authorities allege that Jackson Jr. used campaign funds to purchase a $43,350 men’s gold-plated Rolex watch, $5,150 worth of fur capes and parkas, and $9,588 in children’s furniture. The purchases were made between 2007 and 2009, according to the criminal information, which authorities noted is not evidence of guilt.
Other expenditures listed by prosecutors include $10,105 on Bruce Lee memorabilia, $11,130 on Martin Luther King memorabilia and $22,700 on Michael Jackson items, including $4,600 for a "Michael Jackson fedora."
The government also alleged that Jackson Jr. made false statements to the House of Representatives because he did not report approximately $28,500 in loans and gifts he received.
I didn’t want to do it, this is really hard
But they forcing my hand, I am finna play the race card
They calling my boy a criminal, a thief, a 4 Corner Hustler
But the Government's the Indians and he the Black Custer
They say he brought things on the taxpayer’s dime.
What did they expect from a son of mine?
A Michael Jackson fedora so he can dance and grab his crotch
It’s not for him, it’s so the little neighborhood children can watch
Free my boy let him off the hook
Lock up Sandi that bitch can’t even cook