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Jesse Jackson Jr.: Prosecutors recommend 4 years in prison

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Prosecutors are recommending four years in prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., following his guilty plea this year on criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

The government is also recommending that Jackson pay $750,000 in restitution to the campaign and forfeit an additional $750,000.

Jackson used campaign money to buy items that included a $43,350 gold-plated men's Rolex watch and $9,587.64 worth of children's furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 3 along with his wife, Sandra. She pleaded guilty to filing false joint federal income tax returns that understated the income the couple received.

Jackson is a Democrat. He resigned his Illinois congressional seat in November.

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