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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.

12/18/2014

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Jury Begins Deliberating Illinois Grant-Fraud Case

Leon and Karin Dingle are charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering in a Justice Department investigation that has already yielded four guilty pleas.

12/17/2014

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Attorney Blames Couple’s Bookkeeper In Fraud Case

Misplaced confidence, not criminal intent, is to blame for a Chicago couple’s involvement in a $5 million fraud scheme that rocked the Illinois Department of Public Health and dragged a friend of President Barack Obama into the spotlight, a defense attorney said Tuesday.

12/16/2014

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Closing Arguments Continue In Grant Fraud Trial

Closing arguments are scheduled Tuesday in the case of 77-year-old Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife, 75-year-old Karin. They face multiple counts of mail fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

12/16/2014

Raghuveer Nayak,‘ a former campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who was also a key figure in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a court hearing. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Blagojevich, Jackson Fundraiser To Plead Guilty In Fraud Case

A former fundraiser for ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has agreed to plead guilty to health care fraud charges unrelated to his ties to the two disgraced politicians.

09/20/2013

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Former State Rep. Howard To Plead Guilty To Mail Fraud

A former Illinois lawmaker was expected to plead guilty Wednesday to allegedly spending thousands of dollars in scholarship money raised through a golf charity on herself and her political campaigns.

07/24/2013

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Crystal Lake Man Charged With ‘Secret Shopper’ Fraud Scheme

Federal prosecutors have alleged 46-year-old Michael McKay sent out fake money orders – ranging from $900 to $2,000 – to more than 600 homes across the U.S., asking people to be “secret shoppers.”

05/09/2013

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Syndicated Radio Host Indicted For Mortgage Fraud

A former Chicago lawyer who now hosts a national radio talk show was indicted on federal charges for two mortgage fraud schemes that defrauded lenders out of nearly $10 million.

01/28/2013

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10th Chicago Cop Charged In Federal Probe Of Tow Truck Scams

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.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2012

A 1909 Honus Wagner T-206 baseball card sold at auction by Mastro Auctions in 2008 for $1.62 million to an Arkansas man. Federal prosecutors say Mastro failed to disclose the edges had been trimmed, significantly reducing its value. (Credit: T206Museum.com)

Suburban Auction House Accused Of Defrauding Bidders

The head of a now defunct sports auction house has been indicted, along with two other executives, for scamming customers into buying high-priced items that weren’t authentic, or otherwise less valuable than advertised.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

Stuart Levine, flanked by his attorneys, leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse (CBS File Photo)

Blagojevich Insider Stuart Levine Sentenced To 51/2 Years In Prison

A political insider who became one of the government’s key witnesses in the corruption investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration was sentenced Thursday to 5 1/2 years in prison.

07/19/2012

Raghuveer Nayak,‘ a former campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who was also a key figure in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a court hearing. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Figure In Blagojevich Scandal Charged With Tax, Mail Fraud

A key figure in the Rod Blagojevich corruption case was arrested on Wednesday on federal fraud and tax charges.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2012

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Prosecutors: Accountant Bilked Clients Out Of $2 Million

A certified public accountant from Vernon Hills stands charged with bilking his clients and a bank out of more than $2 million.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2012

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Non-Profit Arts Program Executives Charged With Stealing $400,000

Executives at a non-profit arts program in Uptown have been accused of stealing a large amount of federal tax money.

CBS Chicago–12/16/2011

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Vrdolyak Released From Prison

Former Chicago alderman and political powerbroker Edward Vrdolyak will be released from prison Thursday.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2011

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Former Crystal Lake Man A New Defendant In $105M Ponzi Scheme

A former Crystal Lake man has been charged in a pending federal case alleging he and another man allegedly engaged in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded about 400 investors out of $105 million.

11/01/2011

Steve Jensen, 40, of Osseo, Minn., the head of Minnesota-based Vintage Sports Authentics, is escorted by U.S. postal inspectors from the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Ill., Thursday.  (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Feds: Sports Memorabilia Dealer Lied About Authenticity Of Jerseys

Forty-year-old Steven Jensen of Osseo, Minn. was arrested Thursday at a sports collectors’ convention outside Chicago. He is charged in federal court in New York with mail fraud and wire fraud.

08/04/2011

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan speaks to the news media at the federal courthouse following a verdict of guilty on all counts in his corruption trial April 17, 2006  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Ryan Waiting For Hearing On Latest Bid To Go Free

Lawyers for former Governor George Ryan say they are waiting for a federal appeals court to set a date for arguments in their latest attempt to get Ryan freed from prison.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2011

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Convicted Ex-Comm. Slams Lake Shore Drive Response

Convicted former Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez ripped the city’s response on Lake Shore Drive during the blizzard this week.

CBS Chicago–02/03/2011

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Ed Vrdolyak Reports To Prison

Former Ald. Edward “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak has reported to federal prison to serve his sentence for mail fraud.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2011

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