Corrine Brown's co-conspirators' sentencing hearing to be held today

Simmons, Wiley sentencing hearing today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Thursday, former congresswoman Corrine Brown will have a sentencing hearing after being convicted on 18 counts of federal fraud.

But on Wednesday, her two co-conspirators will have their hearing. Ronnie Simmons is Brown's former chief of staff, and Carla Wiley founded the fake charity the three used to commit fraud. 

The three will not receive their final sentencing until Dec. 4, according to new court documents.

Ahead of the sentencing hearing, Carla Wiley's legal team asked the court for leniency. 

Carla Wiley became involved in the case while she was dating Simmons.

She was the president for One Door which was said to be a charity but was never registered as one.  But over $800,000 went to the group in just four years; only $1,000 actually went to a student.

Simmons was dating Wiley when mentioned he needed a nonprofit to fund a reception for the congresswoman in 2012. Carla Wiley testified that she offered One Door.

One Door sold itself as giving scholarships to underprivileged children seeking to become educators. It was named for Wiley’s mother, Amy Anderson, an 86-year-old former educator who said all a child needs is one door of opportunity to have a chance.

The $800,000 the charity brought in while affiliated with Brown and Simmons is gone.

$330,000 to events and receptions around the congresswoman, per the prosecution. More than $70,000 in cash to the congresswoman. Well over $100,000 to Wiley. Simmons is accused of pocketing thousands upon thousands for himself.

Wiley's attorneys stated that she had a lesser role in the offense and is less culpable than Brown or Simmons.

First Coast News will be at that sentencing hearing and will update this developing story. 

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