Prosecutors accused Michael “Mickey” Davis of ordering a “break-both-legs beating” for R.J. Serpico in 2013 to collect on his $300,000 loan to Serpico and his father. Eventually, prosecutors said, Davis paid a mob associate for Serpico’s “thorough” beating. The assault, though, never happened, thanks to the feds.
Former Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith was sentenced to five months in prison on Thursday for pocketing a $7,000 bribe in an FBI sting from a purported day care in return for his backing of a state grant application.
A 10th Chicago police officer has been indicted in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of a scheme in which tow truck operators were paying bribes to cops who steered them work.
A mega-millionaire who for decades stayed in the shadows of Illinois power even as he wielded enormous influence looked on Wednesday at his corruption trial as prosecutors shined a bright light on allegations that he used his political sway to try to shake down a Hollywood executive.
Jury selection has begun in the trial of Springfield businessman and powerful political insider William Cellini, on charges that he shook down a Hollywood producer for campaign contributions.