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Jesse Jackson Jr., wife will plead guilty

WASHINGTON — In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former US Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs.

Federal prosecutors filed one charge of conspiracy against the former Chicago congressman and charged his wife, Sandra, a former alderman, with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the couple’s income.

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