Democrat ex-Congresswoman Corrine Brown, 71, arrives at federal prison in a luxury Mercedes minibus to begin five-year sentence for stealing charity funds intended for poor children | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Democrat ex-Congresswoman Corrine Brown, 71, arrives at federal prison in a luxury Mercedes minibus to begin five-year sentence for stealing charity funds intended for poor children

A former Congresswoman has reported to federal prison to begin serving her five-year sentence for stealing money from a children's charity, arriving at the prison gates in a luxury Mercedes minibus.

Corrine Brown, 71, reported to FCI Coleman in Sumterville, Florida on Monday, 20 minutes before her noon deadline to surrender after her conviction on 18 counts of fraud and corruption.

Brown conferred with her spiritual advisor, Kelvin Cobaris, in the rented black Mercedes Sprinter before walking slowly toward the prison intake in a lavender blouse and black slacks, supported by Cobaris with one arm around her.

'I saw emotion, but I didn't see nervousness or fear. She was just ready to go face what she needed to face,' Cobaris told News4 Jax afterward. 'She's still the strong leader that we all know she is, and she sends her love to all of her constituents and those who have supported her throughout this process.'

Brown was convicted in a scheme to defraud some $800,000 from the One Door for Education Foundation and using the money for lavish parties, shopping sprees and a trip to the Bahamas.

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