WASHINGTON—Just before entering prison, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. paid $200,000 toward a $750,000 forfeiture he owes the government, a court filing today said.
Jackson, 48, now in a federal prison camp in Butner, N.C., gave a check for $200,000 to the U.S. Marshals Service on Oct. 25, the filing said. He entered prison four days later.
The Democrat from Chicago’s South Side could wrap up his 2 1/2-year prison sentence as early as Dec. 31, 2015, the Bureau of Prisons said.
He looted his campaign treasury of $750,000 between 2005 and 2012 and agreed to pay the forfeiture when he cut a plea deal with prosecutors. He had used his campaign money on a Rolex watch, furs, vacations, furniture, appliances, celebrity memorabilia, and even two mounted elk heads.
The case is in federal court in the District of Columbia. A status report to the judge on how Jackson will pay the rest of the money is due May 15.
When he was sentenced in August, Jackson’s defense lawyer said the ex-lawmaker would pay the money by taking out a second mortgage on his Washington town house. However, last month lawyers said Jackson, instead, would sell the Victorian-style property and liquidate an individual retirement account to pay the forfeiture.
The house, near DuPont Circle, has an assessed value of almost $1.3 million. It was not listed as being for sale today, based on a check of the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.
Jackson is the son of the civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
The case is in federal court in the District of Columbia. The judge wants a status report by next May 15 on any more payments Jackson Jr. has made.
Jackson Jr.’s wife, Sandi, 50, a former Chicago alderman who was convicted on a related tax count, is to voluntarily surrender to the Bureau of Prisons to serve a 12-month sentence 30 days after her husband is a free man. She was ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution.
The couple’s prison terms were staggered because they have two children.
Jackson Jr. and his wife also own a home in Chicago’s South Shore area, public records show.