The Commercial Appeal
U.S. wants to seize Jackson Jr.’s homes
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors asked a judge Friday to let the government seize the homes of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., and his wife, Sandi, in Washington and Chicago, plus an IRA he has worth almost $80,000.
Jackson, 48, will be sentenced Wednesday for looting his campaign treasury of $750,000. The government wants him to pay a $750,000 forfeiture plus restitution in the same amount.
Sandi Jackson, 49, a former Chicago alderman, also will be sentenced Wednesday for failing to report to the IRS about $600,000 in the couple’s income.
Prosecutors said the two properties originally were owned by the Jacksons, who in 2008 transferred the properties to the “Jesse Louis Jackson Jr. Living Trust.”
The trust has Jackson Jr. and his wife as trustees, prosecutors said. The transfer occurred during the Jacksons’ crime spree, government lawyers said.
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