Federal prosecutors told a jury Thursday there’s no evidence Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was taking out a loan from his campaign fund for personal expenses, but the defense argued the prosecution was trying to “bamboozle” jurors.
Defense attorneys for Cook County Commissioner William Beavers rested their case at his tax trial on Wednesday, and the commissioner himself did not follow through on his promise to take the stand.
An IRS agent indicates he gave Commissioner Bill Beavers every possible break in figuring his tax liabilities, reports WBBM’s John Cody.
During a losing streak at Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino in April 2007, William Beavers went back to the bank three times in less than five hours to cash a total of $6,000 in checks from his political campaign fund, prosecutors alleged as the Cook County commissioner’s trial began Thursday.
In the aftermath of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior’s conviction for misusing campaign funds, there’s been increased scrutiny of how politicians use the money donated by supporters. Now, the Better Government Association has found another lawmaker with questionable expenses.
In court documents filed as part of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s guilty plea to charges of misusing $750,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, federal prosecutors detailed only a portion of the illicit expenses Jackson and his wife made using campaign cash and campaign credit cards.
An emotional former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds.
Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was formally charged Friday with improperly using campaign money for personal use, including a Rolex watch, trips and meals with a mistress.
A federal judge has barred Cook County Commissioner William Beavers from telling jurors at his tax evasion trial that he repaid campaign funds he borrowed after he learned of a federal investigation, unless Beavers takes the stand.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota on Tuesday, after a second stint there to be treated for bipolar disorder.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. hasn’t been on the campaign trail for months, as he’s kept out of the public eye while being treated for bipolar disorder, but he’s certainly been spending his campaign cash, and lots of it.
CBS 2 has learned Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s campaign finance reports do not provide details for hundreds of thousands of dollars in credit card charges, or for an $8,000 purchase from a suburban furniture store. That, amid reports the federal probe is focused on alleged misuse of campaign cash to redecorate his home.
A federal probe into “suspicious activity” in U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s finances reportedly is focused on allegations he used campaign funds to pay to decorate his house.
Facing income tax evasion charges, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers lambasted federal prosecutors on Thursday, claiming he has evidence the charges against him are trumped up.
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