WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning to charges that he used campaign money for personal items.
Wednesday morning, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandra arrived at the federal court in Washington, D.C. for hearings about an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. Jesse Jackson Sr. showed up at court to support his son.
Jackson Jr. and his wife were scheduled to appear separately before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins, with Jackson Jr. appearing first, reported CBS NEWS. Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to using campaign money to buy more than $750,000 worth of luxury items, collectibles and clothes. He now faces up to five years in prison. Jackson Jr. will be sentenced in the coming weeks, reports USA Today.
His wife is charged with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that understated the couples' income. Her hearing is at 2:30 p.m.