Growing Signs That Aaron Schock Prosecution On Shaky GroundGrowing sympathy for defense arguments, seeming confusion within the team of federal prosecutors and a disgruntled judge are among the signs that key portions of the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may be at risk of unraveling.
Con Man Gets 12 Years For $23 Million Sports Memorabilia FraudKnowing he would soon be sentenced for a brazen $23 million scam involving scores of phony pieces of sports memorabilia, an Arkansas con man looked at his oldest son in court and said, “I screwed it up.”
Feds Say Ex-United Center Worker Sent Phony Ticket Refunds To HimselfBryan P. Charnot, of Chicago, faces a federal wire fraud charge, court records show. His arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse has been set for Jan. 10.
Woman Gets 5 Years For Bilking Senior Out of $4MThe victim was told that he won millions of dollars in a sweepstake, but had to pay various fees and taxes in order to collect.
Man Gives Escort A Company Credit Card; $5.8M Later, Both Face ChargesScott Kennedy and the escort, Crystal Lundberg, have each been indicted on six counts of wire fraud by a federal grand jury.
Investment Manager Accused Of Swindling $950K From Retired TeacherTyris D. Maxey, 43, was charged with six counts of wire fraud in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Thursday.
Chicago Trader Who Stole $1.7M From Clients Gets 5 Years In PrisonRandall Rye, 26, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a count of wire fraud, prosecutors said.
Man Targeted More Than 100 Homeowners In $10M ScamFederal prosecutors say Mark Diamond defrauded more than 100 homeowners, despite being banned from the mortgage business in Illinois.
Tough-Talking Reputed Mobster Gets 7 Years For ATM ScamWhen Gheorgui Martov’s sentence is complete, he is likely to be deported to Bulgaria, where he was born and raised.
Cook County Judge Removed From Bench Amid Federal Fraud ChargesJudge Jessica Arong O’Brien, 49, was charged last week with one count of mail fraud, and one count of bank fraud.
Accountant Indicted For Tax FraudOscar Garrett, 55, is accused of obtaining fraudulent Illinois tax returns in the names of more than a dozen clients between 2011 and 2015.
Feds: Solomon Helped ‘Lay The Foundation’ For Byrd-Bennett To Head CPSFederal prosecutors say that the mastermind of the contracting scandal that ousted Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett helped “lay the foundation” for her to take power so she’d be positioned to steer them lucrative contracts.

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