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Tally in Illinois Grant Fraud Probe So Far -- 13 Charged, 16 Million Embezzled
The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 9, 2013 | Chris Fusco

Posted on 09/09/2013 12:57:23 PM PDT by PBRCat

The U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield has been busy the past few years investigating a variety of fraud schemes involving state grants. Thirteen people have been charged so far, six who have pleaded guilty.

Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama. One is the daughter of his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Another was chief of staff to Obama’s longtime friend Eric E. Whitaker when Whitaker was Illinois’ public health chief.

In all, prosecutors are alleging a total of $16 million in fraud involving state health or commerce department grants and contracts.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: fraud; illinois; obama; wright
Illinois State Senators Rickey Hendon and Donnie Trotter and Representative Connie Howard were all former colleagues of Barack Obama in the Illinois General Assembly (state legislature) in Springfield, Illinois.

All were African-American legislators from Chicago. Hendon and Howard have since resigned from office. Howard accepted a bureaucratic post, but resigned once the investigation developed. Hendon resigned suddenly once rumors about the investigation surfaced.

1 posted on 09/09/2013 12:57:24 PM PDT by PBRCat
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To: PBRCat

Obumbler will pardon them.


2 posted on 09/09/2013 1:00:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: PBRCat

I’m surprised Eric Holder hasn’t intervened to quash the investigation. These are buddies, after all.


3 posted on 09/09/2013 1:00:50 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: PBRCat

Should have just started a solar power company...better money and no risk!


4 posted on 09/09/2013 1:03:16 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: PBRCat

“-—two have ties to Obama-—” AW, c’mon. I got a cold case here that says they all have ties to the Kenyan. Seems like they were all country cousins of Odumbo and were all working on funding their golden parachutes. The guys awarding these grants need to be up on the same charges and we know dammwell that a bunch of this money was making it back to democrat political campaigns-——just waiting for the rest of the story.


5 posted on 09/09/2013 1:06:51 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: PBRCat

Gibsmedat!


6 posted on 09/09/2013 1:09:21 PM PDT by mkboyce
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To: PBRCat
Tally in Illinois Grant Fraud Probe So Far -- 13 Charged, 16 Million Embezzled

Speaking of fraud in Illinois, whatever happened with the "investigation" into the connection between Tony Rezko and Baraq 0bama?

7 posted on 09/09/2013 1:11:07 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Muzzie killing muzzie what's the downside and who am I to stop them ?)
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To: PBRCat

"...don't no nuttin bout no money"

8 posted on 09/09/2013 1:15:16 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: mkboyce

The Memphis Way............


9 posted on 09/09/2013 1:18:27 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Doogle

What you talking about Willis?

State Senator Rickey Hendon abandoned politics to return to his first love, a thriving career in independent movie making! Check out his first cinematic masterpiece:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103901/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1


10 posted on 09/09/2013 1:20:35 PM PDT by PBRCat
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The Amistad Foundation is belly-up. No surprise......unsupervised community organizers.

http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-urban-amistad-founders-state-must-demand-acc-20130906,0,5133239.story


11 posted on 09/09/2013 1:24:11 PM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: PBRCat

Financial fraud in political higher ups in Illinois? Hard to believe.


12 posted on 09/09/2013 1:24:37 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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Many of these state grants and so called “Member Initiatives” (grants awarded by individual legislators without much oversight) were a thinly disguised effort to utilize “not for profit organizations,” charities and religious organizations to act as political precinct organizations and maintain Democrat control of the legislature. Many of the so called charities were newly created for the solely purpose of cashing in on the available grant money. Pennies went for the actual social service purposes while big bucks were skimmed. All that was essential was that the votes were hustled on election day.


13 posted on 09/09/2013 1:55:07 PM PDT by PBRCat
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All African AMerican?? I am SHOCKED!!

Rev. Wright's DAUGHTER?? Her father probably is in on it !

14 posted on 09/09/2013 2:10:14 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: PBRCat

In my mind a certain phrase keeps circling around this story; “Chickens coming home to roost!” I wonder why?


15 posted on 09/09/2013 2:44:19 PM PDT by SES1066 (To expect courteous government is insanity!)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Rezko is likely still behind bars in Federal Prison...after having been convicted in 2011

Ten and a Half..Years.....?

I think barrys waiting for all of his buddies to be arrested and convicted before throwing the big PARDON PARTY.


16 posted on 09/09/2013 3:09:57 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team / al-Kilab Division)
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To: Doogle

the apparently bedraggled state of Illinois still has ole connie listed as a Senate Assembly woman.

http://ilga.gov/house/rep.asp?MemberID=925

Perhaps they expect Barry to PARDON her...and thus didnt see fit to remove her from the site.

funny Chicago didnt smell that bad...from the Airport


17 posted on 09/09/2013 3:09:57 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team / al-Kilab Division)
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To: PBRCat

Here is the missing link.
Many of them are involved in the Healthcare industry.
With a little snooping, I bet it points directly at SEIU.


18 posted on 09/09/2013 3:22:01 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Zathras

Another factoid that is interesting is that Illinois has fifty-nine State Senators and 118 Representatives, but the investigation shows that the most flagrant abuses uncovered thus far all occurred in minority districts.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 3:29:46 PM PDT by PBRCat
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To: PBRCat
do I really have to say it???

20 posted on 09/09/2013 4:06:13 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: PBRCat

But I thought the Democrats cared about the poor, the disadvantaged, the women and children and the Republicans only cared about money and the rich? I can’t believe that NBC news lied to me.


21 posted on 09/09/2013 7:30:19 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: PBRCat

Good time to start World War III, maybe somewhere in the middle east. Libya, Egypt, oh, oH, I GOT IT! How about Syria! That’s the ticket!
/s


22 posted on 09/10/2013 12:43:48 AM PDT by XHogPilot
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