Friday, September 20, 2013

Drama: Marshals Halt Jesse Jackson Jr. Auction

Looks like Jesse is in the can for using campaign funds illegally to, in part, by memorabilia that was just as inauthentic as he was. From Politico:
An auction of furs and memorabilia that used to belong to convicted former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was canceled Friday over questions about the authenticity of some of the items.

The auction had begun Tuesday for 12 items that used to belong to Jackson Jr. that were turned over to authorities. The money generated by the auction was to go toward paying down the $750,000 Jackson Jr. owes the government from his plea deal on fraud charges for spending campaign money on personal items.

Items on the block included women’s fur-trimmed capes and collectibles signed by Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson.

Originally, the auction was to be 13 items, but questions of authenticity were raised about a guitar purportedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen, so that item was pulled.
On Friday, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that the entire auction was being canceled while the authenticity of all the items was verified again.

“Because new information has come to light, we are taking additional steps to review all the items. It is our practice to be diligent about all matters relating to the management and sale of assets,” Kim Beal, acting assistant director for the Asset Forfeiture Division of the U.S. Marshals Service, said in a statement.

1 comment:

  1. You can't eat a guitar purportedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen.