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Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown wants out of prison, citing health concerns

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown wants out of prison, citing health concerns, according to a new motion filed Wednesday.

An “Emergency Motion for Compassionate Release,” filed on Brown’s behalf states that she has several ailments, including “hypertension, thyroid removed, diabetes, heart murmur, acid reflux, sleep apnea and cataracts,” according to a report from Channel 9′s sister station Action News Jax.

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In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld Brown’s federal fraud convictions.

Brown went to trial in Jacksonville and was found guilty in May 2017 on 18 of 22 charges. She surrendered for her five-year prison sentence on January 29, 2018.

Brown is serving her sentence at Federal Corrections Institution Coleman’s minimum-security satellite camp in Sumterville. Her convictions represent both the fraud scheme and filing false tax returns and financial disclosures. Prosecutors had sought up to nine years in prison for Brown.

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Her former chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, surrendered January 8, 2018 for his four-year sentence at Federal Corrections Institution Cumberland’s minimum-security satellite camp in Maryland.

Co-conspirator Carla Wiley was released from Federal Prison Camp Alderson in West Virginia on June 5, 2019.