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WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) —  The House Ethics committee launched an investigation into Florida Democrat Corrine Brown over a number of allegations including “fraudulent activity.”

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The committee will defer to the Justice Department and not actively pursue the probe because of the federal investigation.

The panel also is aware of allegations that Brown may have improperly solicited charitable donations, used campaign money for personal use, and failed to comply with tax laws.

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Earlier this month, Carla Wiley, a close associate of Brown, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and agreed to testify as part of a larger probe into the activities of a purported charity called One Door for Education.

Court papers say funds to the charity were used to fund parties and extravagances in Washington.

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