Ex Bob Brady aide sentenced to 1 year for role in public corruption case

Kristen Johanson
December 16, 2019 - 8:53 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A top political aide, once tied to longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, was sentenced Monday for his role in a public corruption case.

Donald Jones, 64, pleaded guilty in October to making false statements on campaign finance reports and will spend one year and one day behind bars. He has also been ordered to pay nearly $1 million in forfeiture fees for the amounts he defrauded from a charity, prosecutors say.

Jones testified in the federal election case involving longtime political consultant Ken Smukler, who was found guilty on nine counts of campaign finance-related offenses. Smukler was sentenced to 18 months in prison back in May.

Related: Former Brady aide on trial for alleged role in scheme to conceal illegal campaign contributions

Brady, who wasn't charged and said he did nothing wrong, didn't run for re-election. 

William McSwain, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, added in a statement: “Jones is a prolific schemer, who defrauded a charity of nearly $1 million to use in illegal political campaign activity and for kickbacks. He also made false statements to the FBI to try to hide his schemes. To his credit, he eventually took responsibility for his crimes, but today he was held accountable and is headed to prison.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.