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WATCHDOGS: Tally in Illinois grant-fraud probe so far: 13 charged, $16M embezzled

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By CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporter September 9, 2013 12:00AM

Updated: October 10, 2013 6:02AM

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.

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  1. BO_stinks

    March 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    yeah, open and transparent. Owebama is a fake.

  2. Arlan Poer

    March 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    why is this not surprising? Is there anything about our government and this administration that is not fraudulent?

  3. OrionElectra

    March 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Not to diminish my “shock” at liberal corruption, but, the police chief in the picture is pretty hot! 🙂

  4. William Svoboda

    March 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Total Corruption, there is no other way to describe it. We need more common man rather than elite rulers.

  5. jimeye

    March 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    …And Obozo pulls a Schultze,”..I Know ‘Nothing’,..!”

  6. MODIDDLEY

    March 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Sure hope they catch up with the putrid piece of crap called our president and throw him in the clink. And other then having the title of president, he has did nothing for the American people except put the screws to us.

  7. kelly9107

    March 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    And everyone thinks ACORN is gone. They are doing backdoor reparations and daring anyone to say anything about it. Eric Holder has their back for them. Look at the people Obama is appointing behind the peoples back. If you think we aren’t in trouble then you aren’t awake. How is this transformation of America working out for all of us?

  8. ginger

    March 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Rev. Wright’s daughter….sounds about right.

  9. Snod

    March 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Yes and howdy! American Blacks don’t need Progressive racists to destroy them they can do it all on their own!

  10. peachnectar

    March 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    The problem isn’t a lack of money. It’s where it goes. It seems to find it’s way into the hands of individuals and businesses that will misuse funds that could be used better elsewhere.

  11. Matthew Jon Sauerland

    March 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Makes me feel so good at the end of the day after working a 12 hr shift, making some overtime, which will be heavily taxed, and seeing THIS.

    We should be able to opt out of paying taxes. :/

  12. Charlie D Evans Jr.

    March 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    But they are entitled to it!

  13. Cracker Joe

    March 8, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Typical Blacks showing their true colors. Let’s see how much we can steal. Besides, Whitey owes us.

  14. John M.

    March 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Cheats and liars

  15. Ed Thornton

    March 9, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Obama sucks period! keep your doctor keep your health plan period, its all for them to fraud the people out of $$$$$ PERIOD! GET OBAMA OUT!

  16. Michelle Houghtaling

    March 9, 2014 at 5:31 am

    And nothing but crickets are crickets heard in the 0media cheering section,

  17. Dwight

    March 9, 2014 at 7:07 am

    billions have been rerouted to the dem party and their operatives by obama…

  18. Dwight

    March 9, 2014 at 7:09 am

    will obama pardon them before he leaves office…will he pardon all blacks before he goes, the ultimate fu to whites…

  19. Cheryl Newcomb

    March 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Democrat and corruption have become synonymous.

  20. francesca9

    March 9, 2014 at 11:34 am

    could they be democrats? Obama friendly democrats? you say Yes!

  21. chaparrAL

    March 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Dems and Reps , Gottis and Gambinos , all the same to me.

  22. Glenn Mason

    March 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    the old saying , you hang around with liars and cheats, THEN YOU ARE THE SAME,
    YOU HANG OUT WITH QUEERS,
    THEN YOUR A QUEER TOO
    HANG OUT WITH CROOKS
    THEN YES YOU ARE A FOOKIN CROOK TOO
    same goes with liars, frauds and fake people

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