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US files fraud case against former Representative Jesse Jackson Jr

Published on Feb 16, 2013 9:44 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US prosecutors filed criminal charges of fraud and conspiracy on Friday against former Chicago Representative Jesse Jackson Jr, accusing him and an unnamed co-conspirator of misusing US$750,000 (S$927,600) in campaign funds.

Jackson, 47, released a statement as the charges were filed, admitting mistakes but did not immediately enter a plea.

"I offer no excuses for my conduct, and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made," said Jackson, a Democrat.

Once considered one of the most promising black politicians in the United States, Jackson resigned his congressional seat on Nov 21 for health reasons, acknowledging at the time that he was under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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