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.
Chicago Couple Convicted Of Stealing State GrantsA 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.
Feds Seek 15 Years For Former City ComptrollerFederal 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.”
Former Red Light Camera Firm CEO Pleads Innocent In Bribery CaseKaren 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.
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.
Lawsuit Seeks Partial Refund For Red Light TicketsA 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.
Jury Convicts Rep. Smith Of Accepting $7,000 BribeFollowing approximately 4 hours of deliberations, a federal jury has convicted state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery and extortion charges.
Jury Deliberations Begin In Lawmaker's Bribery TrialA 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.
Lawmaker's Lawyers Suggest FBI Entrapment In Bribery CaseAttorneys 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.
Jurors Hear Tape Of Lawmaker Allegedly Counting Bribe MoneyJurors 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.