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Feds Begin Auctioning Off Jacksons' Illegally Bought Possessions

CHICAGO (CBS) -- The bidding is underway for a dozen items that former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife bought illegally with campaign money.

Those items ranging from fur capes to five framed Michael Jackson posters are being auctioned by the US Marshals service as it tries to recover some of the $750,000 the Jacksons illegally spent from the campaign fund.

Within the first couple of hours, the item drawing the most interest was a fur-trimmed brown cashmere cape that had 35 bidders, who'd raised the bid to $615.00.

Next with 19 bidders was a framed and autographed Michael Jackson poster from his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. At noon, that bid was up to $371.

The online auction continues until September 26th. Last month, a federal judge in Washington sentenced the former congressman to 2 1/2 years in prison and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, to a year behind bars.

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