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June 28, 2013

Forfeiture motion names ex-Rep. Jackson's homes



"The government will be in the driver's seat about when the houses are sold," he said. "And they are not going to let the Jacksons live in the homes for 20 years."

Earlier this year, Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson Sr., pleaded guilty to charges he spent $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, from a gold-plated Rolex watch to mounted elk heads.

Jackson's plea agreement requires he pay the $750,000 back and indicates he will be subject to a host of other financial penalties. But prosecutors said in their Friday motion that they have recovered only half of 24 items Jackson bought with the campaign funds that he agreed to hand over — with the 12 items worth about $21,000 combined. That leaves the government far short of the $750,000 Jackson agreed to pay, triggering the latest forfeiture motion, the filing says.

At Wednesday's sentencing, prosecutors will seek a four-year prison term for Jackson, 48, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements. Jackson's wife, a 49-year-old former Chicago alderman, pleaded guilty to filing false joint tax returns; prosecutors want a year-and-a-half prison term for her.

The Jacksons have two school-aged children, and one issue the sentencing judge will have to decide is whether to stagger their sentences so both mother and father aren't imprisoned at the same time.

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