"Wife of ex-US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. reports to prison" Associated Press October 20, 2015
CHICAGO — The wife of former US representative Jesse Jackson Jr. reported to prison Tuesday, the second half of the once-powerful political couple to serve time for convictions tied to $750,000 in lavish illegal spending of campaign money on items from furs to vacations.
Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago city councilor, presented herself at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, W. Va., to begin serving a one-year sentence for filing false income tax returns, the US Bureau of Prisons said.
She starts her prison term one month after her husband completed his 2½ year sentence on a fraud conviction for the illegal spending. The judge who sentenced both in 2013 after they reached plea deals with prosecutors allowed the Jacksons to stagger their sentences in a concession to their two school-aged children.
Sandi Jackson, 52, like her husband, a Democrat, will serve her time about 250 miles west of Washington, D.C., where the Jacksons have made their home in recent years. The prison has held several high-profile inmates, including TV personality Martha Stewart, who served five months for lying about a stock sale and was released in 2005.
Jesse Jackson Jr. is now on three years of supervised release and must do 500 hours of community service.
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