Katrina and Reginald Brown were convicted by a jury in October 2019 for defrauding the government with loans and grants intended to create jobs.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Two former Jacksonville City Council members walk towards a federal prison.
Katrina and Reginald Brown, who are not related, have previously asked the judge in their case to remain at large pending appeal of their 2019 convictions on dozens of conspiracy and bribery charges.
This week, District Judge Marcia Morales Howard denied their request and ordered them to report to jail.
The Browns were convicted by a jury in October 2019 for defrauding the government with loans and grants intended to create 56 jobs at Katrina Brown’s family barbecue sauce business. No jobs were ever created.
Reginald Brown was sentenced to 18 months and Katrina Brown is to serve 33 months.
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District Judge Marcia Morales Howard handed down the sentence on October 29, saying that while Katrina Brown knew what she was doing and knew it was wrong, she doesn’t think the Browns are bad people.
After the conviction, Katrina Brown said she was not done trying to promote her family business. “We’re going to work hard to put Jerome Brown barbecue sauce on every shelf in Jacksonville and across the United States,” she said.
Reginald Brown did not comment after the judge handed down his conviction, but his lawyer Alan Ceballos said he was relieved the judge decided it was not a case of public corruption.