But Brown said she was looking forward to a "speedy" day in court to vindicate herself. "I will let the work I've done speak for me", Brown said.
Brown did not answer calls to her cellphone on Thursday.
U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Michelle Klimt of the FBI's Jacksonville Division, and Special Agent in Charge Kim Lappin of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Tampa Field Office made the announcement. They both also would have to make restitution: more than a million dollars each.
Wiley promised cooperation with federal authorities as part of the plea deal.
Money for the charity was also spent on luxury vacations in the Bahamas, Los Angeles and Miami Beach. But the charges appear to stem from Brown's involvement in a group called One Door for Education, which advertised itself as a charity but never was a registered nonprofit. News4Jax obtained a flyer for a 2013 golfing fundraiser at TPC Sawgrass. It showed the event was hosted by Brown and sponsored by One Door for Education. "Then the Gators don't take no jive", Brown added before yielding back the balance of her time. Despite that, Brown publicly denied knowing Wiley to reporters in May.
"Who? I don't know who that is", Brown said. Other ministers complained Brown used her influence to help the center received federal block grant money from the city, which the federal government ordered to repay $313,000. At that time, Brown told News4Jax she was not guilty of any wrongdoing.
Under Pres. Barack Obama's Justice Department, it's hard for many Republicans to imagine any Democrat facing federal charges without three incriminating videos, 50 eyewitnesses and a signed confession that can't be deleted.
Brown is also charged with engaging in tax obstruction between 2008 and 2014 and filing false returns based on her repeated failure to report income from substantial cash deposits to her personal bank accounts and her repeated deduction of inflated and fabricated charitable donations.
Fallgatter said if an indictment is returned, it would be an extremely rare instance for a local federal public official. District five has been reconfigured from its winding North-South orientation to run East-West: from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.
"They're all together. The goal is to get rid of Corrine Brown", she said. "If the scandal harms her even a bit in Duval, peeling off a few thousand voters, while Lawson consolidates the West, then Brown can not win the district".
A 24-year member of Congress, Brown is up for reelection.