Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife indicted on federal charges

By WEEK Reporter

February 15, 2013 Updated Feb 15, 2013 at 10:57 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife face federal charges for allegedly misusing campaign funds.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Jackson is accused by federal prosecutors of using over $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use.

It has been reported by multiple news outlets that Jackson signed a plea deal last week.

He resigned from the House of Representatives on November 21, 2012. Jackson had served in Congress for 17 years.

Jackson's letter of resignation was sent to Speaker John Boehner, citing ongoing health concerns, and acknowledging a federal investigation into his use of campaign funds.

He stated in his letter that: "The constituents of the Second District deserve a full-time legislator in Washington, something I cannot be for the foreseeable future".

His resignation came only 15 days after he won re-election by a sizeable margin.

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