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Congresswoman’s husband indicted
The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/11/04 | Mike Robinson

Posted on 03/11/2004 12:11:54 PM PST by Mike Bates

Robert B. Creamer, the husband of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, was indicted today on federal charges of operating three check-kiting schemes that defrauded banks out of at least $2.3 million while he ran an Illinois public interest group.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: creamer; schakowsky
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Schakowsky, a Democrat elected to Congress in 1998, served on the public interest group's policy board but has said she was never involved in its business matters.

Or so she says.

1 posted on 03/11/2004 12:11:54 PM PST by Mike Bates
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To: Mike Bates
This woman is one of the most vicious partisans in congress and that is saying a lot!
2 posted on 03/11/2004 12:13:10 PM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: Mike Bates
FRom Yahoo! and AP

CHICAGO - The husband of Rep. Jan Schakowsky was indicted Thursday on federal charges of operating check-kiting schemes that defrauded banks out of at least $2.3 million while he ran a citizens group.



Robert B. Creamer, 56, was charged with 16 counts of bank fraud for allegedly swindling nine financial institutions. He also was charged with 18 counts of tax fraud.


Creamer's attorneys Ann C. Tighe and Theodore Poulos said their client would plead innocent to the charges and "will deal with them head-on, knowing that he at all times acted in good faith and never defrauded anyone."


There were no allegations of wrongdoing against Schakowsky, a Democrat first elected to the House in 1998.


The congresswoman issued a statement shortly after the indictment was released saying she was "shocked and disappointed to learn that the Justice Department (news - web sites) has decided to bring charges against Bob, seven years after these allegations were first raised."


Schakowsky said she was confident her husband would be proved innocent.


According to the indictment, Creamer floated check and wire transfer deposits between bank accounts to inflate their balances and hide their deficiencies.


It alleges that he caused a series of insufficiently funded checks and wire transfers to be drawn on accounts he controlled as executive director of the Illinois Public Action Fund, a not-for-profit public interest organization. Creamer then allegedly deposited the money into other accounts he controlled.


According to the indictment, Creamer used the inflated balances to pay expenses of his organization, as well as expenses and his own salary.


Creamer resigned as the longtime executive director and president of the group in 1997 after the FBI (news - web sites) questioned him about a $1 million overdraft. According to the government, the Illinois Public Action Fund was also known as Illinois Public Action, Public Action and Illinois Citizen Action Fund.


Schakowsky served on the public interest group's policy board but has said she was never involved in its business matters.


Creamer is also charged in the indictment with failing to pay more than $300,000 in federal income taxes for employees of the group and for himself between 1996 and 2000. Four other counts allege he filed false income tax returns between 1996 and 1999.


Each count of bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. A count of failing to pay withholding taxes carries a penalty of five years, and filing a false tax return a penalty of three years.


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On the Net:


Congresswoman's site: http://www.house.gov/schakowsky/







3 posted on 03/11/2004 12:19:17 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Support Our Troops! ... Thrash the demRats in November!!! ... Beat BoXer!!!)
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To: OldFriend
I saw her on Politically Incorrect a few years back.

One of the top ten loudest whining liberals in Congress.
4 posted on 03/11/2004 12:20:49 PM PST by GiveEmDubya (John Kerry has more baggage than a Samsonite warehouse)
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To: Mike Bates
$2.3 million

Oooo. That's a LOT of stealing going on there.

Schakowsky, a Democrat elected to Congress in 1998, served on the public interest group's policy board but has said she was never involved in its business matters.

She didn't notice the bank account up by $2.3 million? Are Democrats really that stupid? Did she think it was petty cash?

5 posted on 03/11/2004 12:21:04 PM PST by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: Mike Bates
I've looked it up, but I'm still having trouble understanding exactly what check-kiting is. The examples I've read online aren't that great. Can anyone help?
6 posted on 03/11/2004 12:21:49 PM PST by sirshackleton
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To: Mike Bates
But wait. I thought Republicans were "the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen."
7 posted on 03/11/2004 12:21:51 PM PST by brbethke
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To: Mike Bates
She needs to resign until an investigation clears her name.
8 posted on 03/11/2004 12:22:30 PM PST by mabelkitty (A tuning, a Vote in the topic package to the starting US presidency election fight)
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To: Mike Bates
At least he wasn't spying for Iraq.
9 posted on 03/11/2004 12:22:52 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Rumble Thee Forth...)
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To: NormsRevenge
Fourth paragraph before party affiliation (D) was mentioned.

I wonder if this reporter will get a few days off, unpaid, for that little slip.

10 posted on 03/11/2004 12:23:52 PM PST by daler
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
We actually don't know what they did with the money.
Any recent donationsto 527 accounts set up in Texas?
I wonder.....
11 posted on 03/11/2004 12:23:55 PM PST by mabelkitty (A tuning, a Vote in the topic package to the starting US presidency election fight)
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To: Mike Bates
For every TRUE crooked GOP story that shows up, there are 30 crooked Rat stories. Just a bunch of lying crooks.
12 posted on 03/11/2004 12:24:27 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Mike Bates
Yeah, right! Think she'll go into a Sgt. Shultz "I KNOW NUTHINK" mode?
13 posted on 03/11/2004 12:25:30 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: concerned about politics
Congressperson Scachowsky couldn't possibly have known what was in their bank account or where all this money was coming from; She was too busy worrying 24 hours a day about doing good for the people! She's one of "the people", isn't she? If the accusations against her husband are true, it would appear to me that he went to this nonprofit to "do good and did very well, indeed!"
14 posted on 03/11/2004 12:25:46 PM PST by laconic
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
At least he wasn't spying for Iraq.

LOL. Good point. They just don't quit, do they?(In case anyone missed it - American Citizen Charged With Spying (For IRAQ) - Update: Former Mosely Braun Aide)

15 posted on 03/11/2004 12:25:53 PM PST by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: sirshackleton
Check kiting is a fraud which takes advantage of the clearing delay in checks. You have multiple accounts, and you write checks rapidly from one account to the other. This has the effect of temporarily increasing the apparent balance in the accounts, which you either use as evidence of financial solvency to secure credit or forebearance from third parties, or you actually withdraw cash or use a check drawn on the illusory balance to buy goods. If you trick a creditor, you've committed fraud on him. If you draw cash, you steal from the bank. If you use a check, you steal from whoever accepts the check and doesn't get paid by his bank.
16 posted on 03/11/2004 12:27:03 PM PST by only1percent
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To: Dawgreg
Yeah, right! Think she'll go into a Sgt. Shultz "I KNOW NUTHINK" mode?

"I don't recall."

17 posted on 03/11/2004 12:27:21 PM PST by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: concerned about politics
LOL! My mind is jello......jello.....jello
18 posted on 03/11/2004 12:29:10 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: OldFriend
Jan Schakowsky

According to her web site biography, Jan Schakowsky was "elected to represent Illinois’ 9th Congressional District on November 3, 1998, after serving for eight years in the Illinois State Assembly.

"Schakowsky, who serves on the House Democratic Leadership team as Chief Deputy Whip, is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she will work to accomplish her top priority in Congress -- providing universal healthcare coverage for all Americans.

"A citizen advocate, grassroots organizer, and elected public official, Schakowsky has fought throughout her career for economic and social justice and improved quality of life for all; for an end to violence against women; and for a national investment in healthcare, public education and housing needs.

"In the House, Schakowsky has won major legislative victories to increase federal assistance for abused women and children and to protect the rights of battered immigrant women; to reform election laws guaranteeing that no registered voter is turned away at the poll; to expand housing opportunities for low-income people; and to assist small business owners and farmers.

"A longtime consumer advocate, who in 1969 led the fight that put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket, Schakowsky carries on that tradition in Congress with efforts to safeguard the rights of victims of identity theft and to protect consumers from predatory lenders. A champion for the nation’s seniors, Schakowsky is actively engaged in the campaign for seniors and persons with disabilities to access affordable prescription drugs. Schakowsky is also working to ensure that seniors receive quality home, hospice, and nursing care.

"Schakowsky is an active member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and is a champion of expanding our nation’s hate crime laws. .

"Prior to her election to Congress, Schakowsky represented the 18th District in the Illinois General Assembly for eight years. She served as a Democratic Floor Leader and as Secretary of the Conference of Women Legislators.

"For twenty years prior to her election to the State House, Schakowsky fought for the public interest and rights of Illinois citizens. As Program Director of Illinois Public Action, the state’s largest public interest organization, she fought for energy reform and stronger protection from toxic chemicals. As Director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens from 1985-1990, she organized across the state for lower cost prescription drugs and tax relief for seniors, financial protection for the spouses of nursing home residents and other benefits for the elderly. She has been deeply involved in the fight to protect women’s reproductive freedom.

"Schakowsky resides in Evanston, Illinois with her husband Robert Creamer. She has three children, Ian, Mary, and stepdaughter Lauren Creamer, and four grandchildren, Isabel, Eve, Lucy, and William. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 with a B.S. in Elementary Education."
19 posted on 03/11/2004 12:31:52 PM PST by Howlin (Charter Member of the Incredible Interlocking Institutional Power!!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Representative Janice Schakowsky (D)
9th Congressional District, Illinois
Democrat, Years of Service: 5

ACU Ratings for Representative Schakowsky:
Year 2003 12
Year 2002 N/A
Lifetime 4

20 posted on 03/11/2004 12:32:03 PM PST by Gritty ("It's the expansion of the state that's wrong. The funding of it is secondary."-Mark Steyn)
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To: concerned about politics
Hmmmm!

A Democrat from Chicago.
Anybody like to make a little bet with me against her getting re-elected?

21 posted on 03/11/2004 12:32:08 PM PST by curmudgeonII (Time wound all heels.)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
She should use the Carol Mosely-Brown defense and tell the press that she "can't remember him".

22 posted on 03/11/2004 12:33:49 PM PST by Blue Screen of Death (,/i)
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To: Mike Bates
Schakowsky, a Democrat

The fact that she's a Democrat doesn't appear until the 12th paragraph.

If she had been a Republican, the word Republican would have seemed to be her first name.

ML/NJ

23 posted on 03/11/2004 12:34:10 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: sirshackleton
Say you have $100. You open two bank accounts. When you deposit that cash into one of the accounts you have:

Acct 1:$100
Acct 2:$0

Then, you write a check from Acct 1 to Acct 2 for $100. Since there is a delay for the funds to transfer, on a bank statement you have:

Acct 1:$100
Acct 2:$100

Then you write a check from Acct 2 to Acct 1 for $100:

Acct 1:$200
Acct 2:$100

And so on. It's kinda like juggling. You have to keep going back and forth so that you don't mess up. It's pretty easy to track, and highly illegal.
24 posted on 03/11/2004 12:36:54 PM PST by jtminton (T.R.O.P is tripe!)
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To: sirshackleton
Well, I'm sure someone will explain it far better but here goes. Check kiting involves writing many checks between several entities (the more the better) at an ever accelerating pace. The total value of the checks is greater than the amount of cash available to support the checks. This keeps a limited amount of cash, but a large amount of paper dollars, going in circles. Traditional accounting will not pick up on the scheme for long durations. Meanwhile, someone skims off real cash from the bank(s) handling the transactions. Since the bank(s) believe the paper cash is real, it goes undetected.

Some years ago a Michael Carlow of Pittsburgh kited millions while circulating $2.3 billion in paper between Iron City Brewery, some bakeries and furniture manufacturers - and PNC Bank took the hit. Mr. Carlow and his cronies all spent considerable time at the federal hospitality suites.

Lando

25 posted on 03/11/2004 12:39:23 PM PST by Lando Lincoln (GWB in 2004)
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To: Chi-townChief
ping
26 posted on 03/11/2004 12:39:24 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: jtminton
Lets see how this compares to the Martha Stewart witch hunt. I bet this woman sees no jail time.
27 posted on 03/11/2004 12:40:23 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: Mike Bates
Jan Schakowsky has appeared on TV from time to time, she's one of the loopier lefties out there, cluelessly promoting the Democrat talking points, never drfting off those points lest she be hopelessly lost.
28 posted on 03/11/2004 12:41:53 PM PST by SolutionsOnly
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To: Mike Bates
What was the purpose of the public interest group?
29 posted on 03/11/2004 12:45:05 PM PST by Eva
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To: only1percent; sirshackleton
Wasn't this activity part of the rap against x42 and his lovely wife brunhilda, and their partner in Whitewater?
30 posted on 03/11/2004 12:48:45 PM PST by GretchenEE (Osama, you're going down.)
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To: Howlin
I am sure I feel safer now, knowing how hard Ms. Schakowsky is working to keep America a better place.
31 posted on 03/11/2004 12:50:09 PM PST by GretchenEE (Osama, you're going down.)
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To: Mike Bates
Thats just normal work in IL. isn't it?
32 posted on 03/11/2004 12:55:36 PM PST by Unicorn
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To: Mike Bates
Thats just normal work in IL. isn't it?
33 posted on 03/11/2004 12:56:06 PM PST by Unicorn
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To: Howlin
"Schakowsky, who serves on the House Democratic Leadership team as Chief Deputy Whip, is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she will work to accomplish her top priority in Congress -- providing universal health care coverage for all Americans.

Surprised she's not on the House Banking Committee.

34 posted on 03/11/2004 12:56:37 PM PST by connectthedots
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To: Blue Screen of Death
She should use the Carol Mosely-Brown defense and tell the press that she "can't remember him".

ROFL!
35 posted on 03/11/2004 12:57:11 PM PST by MamaLucci (Libs want answers on 911? Their President met with Monica more than he did with his CIA director.)
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To: SolutionsOnly
she's one of the loopier lefties out there, cluelessly promoting the Democrat talking points, never drfting off those points

Well now how are we supposed to tell her from the others?
36 posted on 03/11/2004 1:00:32 PM PST by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen
LOL!

Good Point! I guess I really didn't do a very good job of differentiating her from the rest of the Democrats, did I?
37 posted on 03/11/2004 1:07:00 PM PST by SolutionsOnly
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To: Mike Bates
Reminiscient of Geraldine Ferraro...
38 posted on 03/11/2004 1:11:10 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: only1percent
To some extent, what you say is true; if I take $1,000 in cash to my BofA branch at 10:00 A.M. and then walk across the street and write a check for $500 at Sam's Cookware and Used Car Emporium and Sam runs back across the street to BofA he will find out there is not enough money in my account to cash his check. Have I defrauded him since my bank's policy is not to post daily deposits until 4:00 P.M.?
39 posted on 03/11/2004 1:17:54 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: concerned about politics
She's too stupid to know about checking and accounts and the like, that's why she is prime to be a Democratic Congress woman. They also have bad memories. "I don't recall"
40 posted on 03/11/2004 1:28:09 PM PST by fish hawk ("I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more")
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To: Mike Bates
ALLLLLLLL RIGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!! Shades of Alderman Larry "Mr. Clean" Bloom!!!
41 posted on 03/11/2004 1:30:45 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: facedown
Thanks for the ping. It would be great to see Jan doing 5-to-10 at some womens' prison farm.
42 posted on 03/11/2004 1:32:00 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Mike Bates
I was just going to post "bet it's another Demoncrat at work ". Sure enough! Another Demoncrat.

Why doesn't Bush list the criminals that belong to the Demoncrat party? They are a bunch of lying criminals.
43 posted on 03/11/2004 1:34:17 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: GiveEmDubya
Pennsylvania had a liberal Democrat Congresswoman named Mizvinsky that had a husband convicted of criminal wrongdoing with other folks money. She lost her seat after she sided with Slick Willy and his co president on some issue or another. Maybe a tax hike?
44 posted on 03/11/2004 1:43:02 PM PST by oldironsides
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To: Mike Bates
Schakowsky, a Democrat elected to Congress

This must be a typo. Everyone knows that Republicans are the crooks and liars. John Kerry told me so.

45 posted on 03/11/2004 1:48:41 PM PST by Samwise (I am going to need to be sedated before this election is over.)
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To: oldironsides
Probably was a tax hike.

She was from the 13th district, a swing seat, in the Philadelphia suburbs. Schakowsky is in a Cook County seat that the Democrats would win if they exhumed Stalin and ran him.
46 posted on 03/11/2004 1:58:40 PM PST by GiveEmDubya (John Kerry has more baggage than a Samsonite warehouse)
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To: taxesareforever
"I bet this woman sees no jail time."

Well, probably not - considering that someone else is alleged to have comitted the crime.
47 posted on 03/11/2004 2:06:08 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas (More of the same, only with more zeros on the end.)
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To: Chi-townChief
It would be great to see Jan doing 5-to-10 at some womens' prison farm.

Maybe she could share a cell with Betty Maltese.

48 posted on 03/11/2004 2:42:36 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: sirshackleton
Basically taking advantage of the float, the time between writing a check and the actual debiting of the account.

Unless he was simply writing bad checks with no funds to supprt them.
49 posted on 03/11/2004 2:46:11 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Howlin
Schakowsky carries on that tradition in Congress with efforts to...to protect consumers from predatory lenders.

Now I understand!

Her husband had to kite the checks, because the predatory lenders (evil, crooked Republicans, all) would not loan money to honest, champion of the people Democrats fighting for social justice, blah, blah, blah.

It is Bush's fault!

She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 with a B.S.

B.S. is right. The only honest thing in the whole, in love with her own name, diatribe.
50 posted on 03/11/2004 4:23:18 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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