December 22, 2015

Chicago Officials Convicted Of Theft of Taxpayer Funds, Fraud, Money Laundering

Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife, Karin, enter the federal courthouse for sentencing Dec. 14, 2015, in Springfield. The couple were convicted in December 2014 of stealing $3.4 million in state taxpayer money. They were convicted on 17 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering as part of a scheme involving Illinois Department of Public Health grants. (Seth Perlman / AP)

[From article]
A Chicago businessman convicted of pocketing nearly $3 million in state grants funds was sentenced to six years in prison
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U.S. District Judge Richard Mills imposed the sentence — short of the eight years the government requested — on Leon Dingle Jr. for his role in a six-year fraud involving Illinois Department of Public Health funds. He was also ordered to pay $2.9 million in restitution.
After a sentencing hearing lasting more than two hours, Mills ordered Dingle's wife, Karin, to spend three years in prison for her role in the scheme. The 78-year-old Leon Dingle was convicted last December of 17 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering. Karin Dingle, 76, was convicted on six counts.
The grants, totaling $11 million, were meant to go toward AIDS awareness and to provide for cervical, breast and other types of cancer screening and education in minority and other underprivileged communities. They were no-bid, upfront-funded grants. Trial evidence showed the Dingles used not-for-profit organizations as straw grantees to solicit the grants and used millions to finance a lavish lifestyle: luxury cars; renovations of vacation homes in Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head, South Carolina; yacht-club expenses; and copious family gifts, including a $95,000 payment on their son's mortgage.
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So a bunch of Obama’s Chicago buddies stole millions from taxpayers intended to go to worthy causes and used it for living large? There’s no particular reason why the national media should be interested, I guess.

December 15, 2015
Federal prison for 'ringmaster' in giant Chicago fraud case involving politically connected black figures in Obama's circle
By Thomas Lifson

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