Ex-Rep. Derrick Smith’s Last-Minute Bid To Avoid Prison FailsA federal judge has ordered the West Side Democrat to report to prison by Friday and begin serving his five-month sentence for taking a $7,000 cash bribe.
Ex-CPS Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett Pleads Guilty To Kickback SchemeFormer Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme to steer more than $23 million in no-bid contracts to a former employer for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks.
Feds: Ex-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett To Plead Guilty To Corruption ChargesThe indictment alleges she steered no-bid contracts to SUPES for kickbacks and bribes. Byrd-Bennett, 66, of Solon, Ohio, is charged with 15 counts of mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud in the indictment.
Former Recorder Of Deeds Clerk Indicted On Fraud ChargesA former clerk for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds has been indicted on federal fraud charges after prosecutors say she accepted a $200 cash bribe to prepare a falsified real-estate deed.
City Suing Former Red Light Camera ContractorChicago is suing former red-light camera contractor Redflex Traffic Systems in the wake of a guilty plea in federal court by its one-time CEO.
Former Red Light Camera Company CEO Pleads Guilty To BriberyProsecutors say the former executive at Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to a retired Chicago official to secure $124 million in city contracts.
Former State Worker Sentenced To 8 Years For Bribery, Kickback SchemeA former chief of staff to the head of Illinois’ public health department was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday in a case that involved a multimillion-dollar bribery and kickback scheme involving government grants and contracts.
LAZ Parking Executive On Leave Amid Federal Bribery ProbeFederal agents have been investigating the LAZ Parking executive on allegations he took kickbacks to steer a contract for meters in Chicago to a favored company. The FBI filed an affidavit in February to search two email accounts tied to the executive, who called the allegations “news to me” and declined to comment.
Feds Focus On LAZ Executive For Alleged Parking Meter BribeFederal agents have been investigating an executive with the firm that manages Chicago’s privatized parking meters on allegations he took kickbacks to steer a meter contract to a favored company, according to a court record obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Former Aide To Alderman Brookins Gets 15 Years For Taking BribeCurtis Thompson Jr. pleaded guilty in December to taking a $7,500 cash bribe from an undercover FBI informant at a 2013 Christmas party at the alderman’s office. He pocketed the Christmas card full of cash after helping the informant land the alderman’s essential support for a liquor license in the 21st Ward.
Former State Rep. Derrick Smith Gets 5 Months For Taking BribeFormer 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.
Former Rep. Derrick Smith To Be Sentenced For BriberyLawyers for former state Rep. Derrick Smith want a federal judge Thursday to spare him prison time. Prosecutors want the 51-year-old Chicago Democrat imprisoned for around five years.
Feds Seek 5 Years For Former State Rep. Derrick Smith On Bribery ChargeHe called cash bribes “cheddar.” Now former State Rep. Derrick Smith is probably going to have to eat some hard cheese. Maybe five years of it in federal prison.
Feds Seek Up To 5 Years In Prison For Former Rep. Derrick SmithWhen former West Side state Rep. Derrick Smith was arrested in 2012 for accepting a $7,000 bribe, he swore to the FBI that he “did it for the people.” That’s the same reasoning federal prosecutors used Monday, asking that Smith receive a “a significant period of imprisonment” that “vindicates his constituents.”
Killer Cut Secret Deal To Defend Chicago Cops, Defense Attorney AllegesEarl Hawkins is a convicted killer whose lawyer once bribed a judge to try to beat a double murder case. State and federal prosecutors vowed that he wouldn’t get out of prison until he was in his 70s.