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(CNN) — Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, will be sentenced Wednesday for misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds.

The pair pleaded guilty in February to various changes — Jesse Jackson Jr. to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and false statements; and his wife to filing false tax returns.

The former Illinois congressman admitted to years of using campaign money to pay for things such as vacations, furs and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Prosecutors have recommended a four-year sentence for Jackson and an 18-month sentence plus a $168,550.01 restitution fee for his wife. The defense is seeking a more lenient term for Jackson and probation for Sandi.

The defense team also requested Jackson be jailed at federal correctional facilities either in Montgomery, Alabama, or Butner, North Carolina, where Bernard Madoff is serving his 150-year sentence for investment fraud.

Both facilities are minimum security. The lawyers noted their proximity to Washington, where the couple’s children live, as the reason for the request.

Prosecutors have also kept the couple’s children, ages 9 and 13, in mind, suggesting the Jacksons serve their sentences consecutively so that one parent is able to be home at all times.

Jackson served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until 2012, when he took a medical leave of absence and never returned.

His lawyers later stated he suffers from bipolar disorder.

By Leslie Bentz, CNN

CNN’s Carol Cratty and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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