Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Expected to Plead Guilty

2/18/2013, 7:02 p.m.

Beginning in 2007 and continuing through 2011, Illinois Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr. amassed a collection of celebrity memorabilia, furs, jewelry and furniture, according to the New York Times. The Post states that as a result of a lavish lifestyle of Jackson shared with his wife Sandi Jackson, he is expected to plead guilty in a case involving misuse of campaign money.

Jackson, 47, also reportedly used campaign funds to purchase a $5,000 football signed by U. S. presidents and two hats that once belonged to the late singer, Michael Jackson.

Also charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and making false statements, Jackson resigned from his congressional duties in November in the wake of a federal investigation. According to federal documents, Jackson -- the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson -- was in direct violation of campaign finance laws.

He faces up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

The government has also filed charges against Sandi Jackson, a Chicago alderman, accusing her of filing false tax returns. Mrs. Jackson, who resigned her post in January, is expected to plead guilty and faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The Post further reported that in July 2007, according to the investigation, Jackson had a $43,350 gold-plated men's Rolex watch that he had bought with campaign funds shipped to Washington from Chicago, and that about two months later, he obtained two pieces of Bruce Lee memorabilia with campaign funds, each for $2,000, from a dealer called Antiquities of Nevada. The Post report goes on to state several other purchases Jackson made from campaign coffers amounting to thousands more dollars, including mink furs and items that once belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(Source: The New York Post)