Jesse Jackson, Jr. And Wife Will Likely Plead Guilty To Federal Criminal Charges

Posted On Saturday, February 16, 2013
By: James W. Kraus

On Friday, Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was charged by a federal criminal information with conspiracy to commit false statements, mail fraud and wire fraud.  DOJ did not issue a news release regarding the late Friday afternoon filing of the criminal information in U.S. District Court.  However, the Washington Post outlined the charge of one count of conspiracy to commit false statements, mail fraud and wire fraud in the misuse of approximately $750,000 in campaign funds.

According to the Post, the charges make reference to an unnamed co-conspirator, believed to be Congressman Jackson’s wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson.  Although Mrs. Jackson is not charged in that case, she is charged in a separate information with filing false tax returns. 

Given that the charges came by way of criminal information, as opposed to indictment, it is expected that guilty pleas by both Congressman Jackson and his wife are imminent.