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Tampa Bay, this news couldn't have come at the WORST time, and I don't like reporting negativity; but Jesse Jackson Jr. has reached a plea deal with authorities stemming from an FBI probe brought on by allegations that he misused official funds. The former congressman reportedly signed the paperwork within the last several days, but authorities have yet to confirm the news.
Sources close the situation revealed that the plea deal includes information as to whether or not Jackson's wife, Alderman Sandi Jackson, will also face charges.
Even with the agreement, Jackson could still be sent to prison, which a judge has yet to sign off on. He must pay back the campaign money he used for personal items like a $40,000 Rolex watch, decorating his house, and going on trips.
Last June, Jackson stepped away from his job to receive treatment for bi-polar disorder. He spent time at the Mayo Clinic, and participated in outpatient treatment. In November of last year he was re-elected, and released a brief statement thanking voters."My deep and sincere thanks to the people of the 2nd Congressional District, I am humbled and moved by the support shown today," he said after the election. "Once the doctors approve my return to work, I will continue to be the progressive fighter you have known for years. My family and I are grateful for your many heartfelt prayers and kind thoughts."
Within weeks of releasing the statement, the 47-year-old resigned from Congress. His replacement has not yet been named.