December 5, 2013
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2011 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., attends the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation�s third-largest city, his career wasn�t ended by attempts to amass political power. Instead, it was the former congressman�s desire for flashy items like a gold-plated Rolex watch and furs, and collectibles, such as Eddie Van Halen�s guitar. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) and his wife, Sandra, will appear in federal court Wednesday to answer criminal charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
Both have agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors.
Jackson is charged with conspiracy and his wife with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the income the couple received.