Ex-aide to Corrine Brown put on home confinement ahead of prison term

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s longtime chief of staff will be on home confinement until he reports to prison, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.


Ronnie Simmons faces a 48-month prison sentence starting this month, but U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan’s order limits him to his home until then in response to a Maryland court dispute with an ex-girlfriend.

Simmons is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday in Annapolis, Md. for a hearing about a “peace order,” the term used there for a restraining order, court records show.

Corrigan sentenced Simmons last month for convictions involving fraud conspiracy and theft from the government, but allowed him to remain free until the federal Bureau of Prisons assigned him to a prison.

The judge said then that would happen no sooner than next week, but he changed his order Tuesday to guarantee Simmons will be at home unless he’s at pre-approved court appearances, medical appointments or religious services.

Simmons was a trusted aide to Brown and in 2016 was indicted with her on fraud charges.