CHICAGO — Embattled congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is under investigation for alleged misuse of funds, according to published reports.
The South Shore congressman is reportedly at the center of a FBI probe examining whether he illegally used campaign funds to redecorate his Washington D.C. home, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday that the probe was underway weeks before Jackson took a leave of absence for health-related issues June 10, and focuses on "suspicious activity" and possible inappropriate expenditures related to either his congressional spending account or campaign funds.
Jackson was previously at the center of a federal ethics probe examining his connection with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption for attempting to profit from President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
In September, Jackson's Washington D.C. home was placed on the market for $2.5 million, prompted by massive medical bills following his treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic, according to the congressman's aides. Days later, the listing was removed, with Jackson's office citing security concerns.
Representatives were allotted between $1.4 million and $2 million to operate offices in Washington D.C. and their home districts in 2010, according to the House website.