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Chicago Couple Convicted Of Stealing State Grants

A Chicago businessman and his wife were convicted Wednesday on more than a dozen counts of stealing $3.4 million in state taxpayer money as part of a rampant fraud scheme involving Illinois Department of Public Health grants.

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Feds Seek 15 Years For Former City Comptroller

Federal prosecutors in Ohio argue Amer Ahmad—who skipped bail and fled to Pakistan in April after pleading guilty to a kickback scheme he ran while he was Ohio’s deputy state treasurer—deserves the hefty sentence for “a remarkable abuse of office.”

10/24/2014

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Former Red Light Camera Firm CEO Pleads Innocent In Bribery Case

Karen Finley, of Arizona, was indicted last month on nine counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, three counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

09/10/2014

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Emanuel: “I Convicted” Former Red Light Operator Before Federal Indictment

“I issued the first indictment of the red light camera operator, because I fired them. I inherited them, and I fired them. That was the first indictment, and I convicted them, because they no longer have the contract,” Emanuel said Thursday.

08/15/2014

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Lawsuit Seeks Partial Refund For Red Light Tickets

A Chicago man has filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against the city’s former red light camera vendor, claiming the company should provide approximately $100 million in refunds to motorists caught by the cameras, because it only got the contract through bribery.

07/18/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Jury Convicts Rep. Smith Of Accepting $7,000 Bribe

Following approximately 4 hours of deliberations, a federal jury has convicted state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery and extortion charges.

06/10/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Jury Deliberations Begin In Lawmaker’s Bribery Trial

A lawyer for an Illinois lawmaker accused of taking a bribe has told jurors during closing arguments that his client was “set up” by a campaign worker-turned-FBI informant.

06/09/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmaker’s Lawyers Suggest FBI Entrapment In Bribery Case

Attorneys for an Illinois legislator on trial for bribery suggested during cross-examination of an FBI agent that their client was entrapped by a government informant and federal investigators.

06/05/2014

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Jurors Hear Tape Of Lawmaker Allegedly Counting Bribe Money

Jurors at an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial have heard a secret FBI recording in which the Chicago Democrat appears to accept a $7,000 bribe — counted out in seven, $1,000 stacks.

06/03/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Agent: Wiretap Request Misstated Informant Record

Agent Ryan McDonald testified Friday at state Rep. Derrick Smith’s trial. McDonald says the application for a wiretap indicated the campaign worker-turned-informant had one arrest. He actually had 22.

05/30/2014

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Bribery Trial Starts For Rep. Derrick Smith

Opening statements Thursday at an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial focused on a campaign worker-turned-FBI informant, referred to in court only by a first name, Pete, who secretly recorded state Rep. Derrick Smith allegedly seeking a $7,000 bribe.

05/29/2014

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Opening Statements Given In Lawmaker’s Bribery Trial

Derrick Smith, 50, is accused of taking $7,000 in exchange for writing a letter supporting a day care center’s application for a state grant.

05/29/2014

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Judge Won’t Delay Lawmaker’s Bribery Trial

Rep. Derrick Smith is a Chicago Democrat who’s charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe. He is scheduled to go to trial May 28, but the Legislature isn’t scheduled to adjourn until May 31.

05/21/2014

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Former City Official Arrested In Red Light Camera Scandal

A former city official has been arrested for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to steer $124 million worth of red light camera contracts to a company that has since been booted from the program.

05/14/2014

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Bribery Suspects Post Rubies, Diamonds To Pay Bail

Millionaires Jowhar Soultanali, 58, of north suburban Morton Grove, and his son Kabir Kassam, 34, of northwest suburban Wheeling, were charged last week with bribing public officials with cash, Caribbean cruises and strip club visits.

05/08/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Smith’s Attorney: Taking Money Not Necessarily A Bribe

“One could certainly accept money as a public official without that acceptance of money being a bribe,” defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky said after Smith pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Wednesday.

04/16/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Feds: Rep Derrick Smith Admitted He Screwed Up Over Bribe

In the two years since he was indicted on bribery charges, state Rep. Derrick Smith has defiantly maintained his innocence in public, but within hours of his arrest, he allegedly admitted to FBI agents that he “f – – – ed up” when he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe.

04/16/2014

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Former Stroger Aide Gets 51 Months For Bribery

U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said the 51-month sentence “will send a message to the public that corruption does not pay and that there are significant consequences,”

03/21/2014

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Judge Denies Certificate Of Innocence For Former Death Row Inmate

A former death row inmate who was cleared of a double homicide in a re-trial five years ago was denied his “certificate of innocence” Tuesday after a judge issued a lengthy ruling doubting his credibility.

03/05/2014

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Ald. Brookins Aide Accused Of Taking Bribe

Curtis V. Thompson Jr., chief of staff for Ald. Howard Brookins, has been charged with taking a $7,500 bribe to help fix an alcohol license application.

02/28/2014

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