CHICAGO: Government prosecutors Friday filed a forfeiture motion naming the homes of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, in a move legal observers said could result in them losing one or both homes.
The motion filed in federal court in Washington comes just days before Jackson and his wife are scheduled to be sentenced on charges related to Jackson’s misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds. Sandi Jackson is a graduate of Buchtel High School.
Later Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington issued a news release insisting it was not seeking “to take over” or seize the Jacksons’ two homes — one in the nation’s capital and the other in Chicago.
“The motion filed by the government today seeks to forfeit the defendant’s interest in the two properties in the event that they are sold,” it said.
“This is a standard filing in cases in which a defendant has a significant money judgment and equity in property that could be used to satisfy the money judgment.”
A message seeking comment from Jackson’s attorney, Reid Weingarten, was not returned.