Byrd-Bennett Wants 3 1/2 Years In Prison; Feds Seek More Than 7Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett believes she deserves far less prison time for an audacious kickback scheme than the seven-plus years the government is seeking, asking the judge she’ll soon face for three and a half years tops.
Mastermind Behind Massive CPS Kickback Scheme To Be SentencedThe mastermind of a massive kickback scandal that took down former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett faces sentencing in a federal courtroom Friday.
Trial Date Set For Byrd-Bennett Co-DefendantFive months after former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty for her role in a brazen kickback scheme, an October trial has been set for one of her two accomplices.
Former LAZ Executive To Plead Guilty In Parking Meter Kickback SchemeA former parking firm executive charged with steering a $22 million contract for Chicago’s parking meters to a favored company and collecting $90,000 in kickbacks plans to plead guilty, court records show.
Former Sacred Heart Doctor Convicted Of One Count In Kickback SchemeU.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly found Shanin Moshiri guilty of one count in an indictment that alleged he took a $2,000 check in March 2013 as part of what prosecutors called a “sham” deal designed to steer patients to the hospital.
Sacred Heart Hospital Boss, Aides Guilty In Kickback ScamHe instructed his staff to “cover our asses.” But multimillionaire hospital owner Ed Novak’s behind was left nude and blowing in the breeze Thursday when he was convicted of masterminding a massive kickback scam.
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 Chicago City Comptroller Pleads Guilty To Forgery Case In PakistanMayor Rahm Emanuel’s former comptroller, Amer Ahmad, has admitted in court in Pakistan that he forged documents to flee overseas. But he will not be getting a slap on the wrist anytime soon for making a fake Pakistani National Identity Card and birth certificate, an official in the South Asian country said.
Stroger Pal Depicted As Sweet 7-Year-Old As Trial Opens In Kickback SchemeHe’s a highly-educated 49-year-old man accused of running a classic government kickback scam, but to Eugene Mullins’ attorney, he’s still “Little Geno,” the 7-year-old South Side boy who “loved sports” and “defended other kids from bullies.”
Home Health Care Service Operators Accused In Kickback SchemeOperators of a home health care service have been indicted, along with a nurse and two marketers, for kickbacks related to $5 million in Medicare billing.
Vrdolyak Released From Home Confinement EarlyFormer alderman and political powerbroker Edward Vrdolyak is completely free, after being released from home imprisonment three months ahead of time.
No Prison Time For Lesser-Known Blagojevich AssociateA lesser-known associate of deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich will not be getting prison time for his involvement in a kickback scheme.
Political Fundraiser Rezko Gets 10 1/2 YearsAntoin “Tony” Rezko, a top adviser and fundraiser for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been sentenced to 10 1/2 in prison, a full three years after he was convicted on corruption charges.
Vrdolyak Released From PrisonFormer Chicago alderman and political powerbroker Edward Vrdolyak will be released from prison Thursday.
UPDATED: Ex-White Sox Executive Pleads GuiltyFormer White Sox executive David Wilder is set to be arraigned in U.S. District Court Friday, on charges of skimming thousands of dollars in kickbacks to get top players.