The Straits Times
Published on Feb 21, 2013

Former US lawmaker Jackson Jr admits fraud


WASHINGTON - Former US congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, the son of the well-known civil rights leader, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing US$750,000 (S$929,834) in campaign donations to fund a lavish lifestyle.

The admission capped a stunning fall from grace for the Illinois Democrat who was once a rising national star but resigned under a cloud in November after 17 years in the House of Representatives.

"Today's guilty plea is nothing short of tragic," US Attorney Ronald Machen said.

"Jesse Jackson, Jr. entered public life with unlimited potential, but squandered his bright future by engaging in a self-destructive course of conduct that was staggering in both degree and scope."