Attorney Michael Avenatti Calls Fraud And Extortion Charges 'Absolutely Absurd,' Says 'The Facts Are On My Side'Facing federal charges of fraud and extortion, Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing some of the alleged victims of singer R. Kelly, denies he did anything wrong, and says the allegations against him are “absolutely absurd.”
Former CPD Sergeant Eddie Hicks Found Guilty, Spent 14 Years On The LamA former Chicago police sergeant accused of leading a crew that shook down drug dealers for cash, drugs, and weapons in the 1990s was found guilty on all charges on Monday.
Two Relatives Of Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg, Two Police Officers, Two Others Charged In Federal ProbeTwo relatives of high-ranking city of Harvey officials, two Harvey police officers, and two others have been charged in a federal corruption probe, hours after FBI agents raided the Harvey Police Department, and a Planning and Development office at the south suburban city hall.
After Turning Down Earlier Deal, Ald. Willie Cochran Scheduled To Plead Guilty To Federal ChargesFour months after rejecting a plea deal that his attorney said would have resulted in minimal jail time, and opting to go to trial on fraud and bribery charges, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) again is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court.
Former CPD Sergeant Eddie Hicks To Go On Trial On Corruption Charges, After 14 Years On The LamA former Chicago police sergeant accused of leading a crew that shook down drug dealers for cash, drugs, and weapons in the 1990s is set to go on trial Monday, after spending 14 years on the run.
"I've Done Nothing Wrong": Ald. Ed Burke Speaks After First Court AppearanceNearly 50-year aldermanic powerhouse Ed Burke is facing a federal charge of attempted extortion.
Plea Deal Breaks Down In Corruption Case, So Ald. Willie Cochran Plans To Go To TrialAld. Willie Cochran pleaded not guilty in 2016 to a 15-count indictment charging him with wire fraud, bribery, and extortion, but had been negotiating a deal with federal prosecutors before rejecting a change of plea.
Ald. Willie Cochran In Talks To Plead Guilty To Corruption ChargesAld. Willie Cochran (20th) and his attorneys are negotiating a potential plea deal with federal prosecutors, amid allegations he shook down businessmen in his ward for bribes, and looted money from a charity he ran.
Child Sex Abuse Video Prompts "Sex-tortion" InvestigationPolice in northwest Indiana were investigating what they believe might be one of “the worst cases of ‘sex extortion’” they’ve ever seen, after a video of the sexual abuse of a high school student was posted on social media.
Ald. Willie Cochran Indicted For Extortion, And Stealing From CharityAld. Willie Cochran (20th) has been indicted on federal charges, for allegedly shaking down businessmen in his ward for bribes, and for allegedly looting money from a charity he ran.
State Rep. Sandack Resignation: How It Happened And The Police ReportRon Sandack who abruptly resigned in July as a state representative, is now describing himself as a victim of ‘sextortion’ in a social media statement.
Former City Official's Red Light Cameras Bribery Trial To StartJury selection in John Bills' trial gets underway Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Chicago U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon will be among the trial prosecutors.
Reputed Mobster Paul Carparelli’s Sentencing DelayedSentencing for a reputed member of the Cicero Street Crew has been delayed until February. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman told Paul Carparelli and his lawyers she wanted more time to review what she called a 2-foot-high stack of filings made by both the government and Carparelli’s supporters.
Suit Accuses Chicago, Cook County Cops Of Kidnapping Woman, Extorting Mother For GunsA federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s office by a woman who alleges officers kidnapped her daughter and extorted her into buying illegal guns for them.
How's Your Wife And Kids?: Pal Of Mobsters Convicted Of ExtortionProsecutors accused Michael "Mickey" Davis of ordering a “break-both-legs beating” for R.J. Serpico in 2013 to collect on his $300,000 loan to Serpico and his father. Eventually, prosecutors said, Davis paid a mob associate for Serpico’s “thorough” beating. The assault, though, never happened, thanks to the feds.