• Gov’t recommends 4 years for Jesse Jackson Jr.

    by  • June 7, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Prosecutors are recommending four years in prison for former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., following his guilty plea on charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

    The government is also recommending that Jackson pay $750,000 in restitution to the campaign and forfeit an additional $750,000.

    Jackson used campaign money to buy items that included a $43,000 Rolex watch and about $9.600 worth of children’s furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 3 along with his wife, Sandra. She pleaded guilty to filing false joint federal income tax returns that understated the income the couple received.

    Jackson is a Democrat. He resigned his congressional seat in November.