Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Feds charge 7 in kickback scheme

PHOTO: Reggi Hopkins, 43, of Chicago Southside, one of seven people charged with bribery conspiracy by the federal authorities, tries to avoid the media, at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.

A campaign treasurer for a former state senator, two Cook County corrections officers and four others were snared in an FBI undercover investigation, according to federal corruption charges unsealed today.

The seven defendants believed they were able to obtain multiple $25,000 grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in return for paying kickbacks to an HHS official, officials said.

But authorities said the official did not really exist and the scheme was part of a ruse by the FBI.

Among those charged was Dean Nichols, who authorities identified as a campaign treasurer for a former undisclosed state senator. According to Illinois State Board of Elections records, Nichols was once a campaign treasurer for former state Sen. Rickey Hendon, who abruptly quit last year.

Authorities said the undercover probe was aided by an undisclosed Chicago police officer who began cooperating with federal investigators in 2008 during an investigation into public corruption and gun-trafficking.

The officer had long ties to Nichols, including a time when they attempted to bribe a Chicago alderman by offering $10,000 to promote the officer, but according to the officer and the alderman, who is no longer in office, the payoff never occurred, authorities said.

Nichols, 62, of Oak Park, was charged with three counts of bribery conspiracy, and Elliott Kozel, 51, Chicago, was charged with four counts. Reggi Hopkins, 43, of Chicago; Anthony Johnson, 59, of Chicago; Mary Smith, 54, of South Holland; Regina Hollie, 48, of Chicago; and Bryant Jessup, 51, of Chicago, were each charged with one count of bribery conspiracy, according to a press release from federal authorities.

According to the release, Kozel and Smith are Cook County corrections officers.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who's the Chicago copper that was caught running guns and wore the wire?

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't the Alderman been indicted?

Anonymous said...

I take it good ole Reggi has never heard the phrases, "you have had enough cake" or "Put the bag of chips away"?

Anonymous said...

The Feds release an indictment the day the Sun Times releases a two page story on Broadway Bank and a mob guy being sentenced on state charges.


No Federal charges for Obama's buddies?


Things that make you go hmmmm!

Anonymous said...

Rugai was caught on a wire tap trying to get a family member on CFD!

Anonymous said...

The timing of this is interesting, to say the very least.

Anonymous said...

gmac , the pilgrim did it. we saw you with your bimbo now are we going to get our time due? or shall we post the photos from union pier.

Anonymous said...

No doubt another Apple in the huge Apple-Barrel of Chicago/Crook County Corruption.

Anonymous said...

Couldnt just about everyone in Chicago govt be indicted???

Anonymous said...

The savages in the pen will have a good time pounding and expanding that fat motherfuckers ass hole.

Anonymous said...

Careful Shaved...you like to take things to the edge of the cliff, but you're walking on a straight razor now even with the 1st Amendment on your side. Make sure you have the facts, bro.

Det. Shaved Longcock said...

Careful Shaved...you like to take things to the edge of the cliff, but you're walking on a straight razor now even with the 1st Amendment on your side. Make sure you have the facts, bro.

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The headline is a question... It implies NOTHING.... but thank you.

I never said it was her...I only asked... it's a fair question.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Feds are getting warmed up for a good housecleaning.

Anonymous said...

Is that mike shields in the picture? He has been putting on a bunch of weight because of all those steak dinners

Anonymous said...

They don't have a cell large enough for him.

Anonymous said...

No coverage of Alderman Schiller defending a mob lackey who stole a few million dollars. Took active and retired PO's earnest monies too.

Anonymous said...

hey i gave Ginger and Fran 5,ooo to get on the sgts list but they said fuck you, ROWAN gave us 7,000

Anonymous said...

nice picture shaved...boy,mr southside has let himself go.nyuk nyuk nyuk

Anonymous said...

Shaved, you need to heed that warning. Anymore disparaging remarks about the former alderman will result in a lawsuit against you.

Nobody but nobody did more for this neighborhood than Ginger Rugai. Her good name will not ge dragged through the mud.

Anonymous said...

That's a body double for Commander Mummmmbles the wonder coward.

Moe is packing on the pounds like his mentor chief hillbilly walrus whale ass

Anonymous said...

That's a body double for Commander Mummmmbles the wonder coward.

Moe is packing on the pounds like his mentor chief hillbilly walrus whale ass

Anonymous said...

6:57 AM Does the truth hurt?
It's common knowledge how dirty the 19th ward is.

Anonymous said...

What happened Shaved????See you yanked the Rugai story.Never thought you could be scared off so easily.

Anonymous said...

Its common knowledge in the 19 Ward that promotional checks were alive and well and provided many a laugh,knowing who the recipients were.Do the names Magliano,Wedster,Spratt ring a bell?These fools still cant hear the laughter that surrounds them.

Anonymous said...

That man in the photo is FAT!

I Voted For Obama said...

Reggi Hopkins voted for Obama, then told him that he won first prize in the Anthony Abatte look-alike contest.

Mark12A said...

They bribe this guy with a chicken burrito or twelve?

Anonymous said...

wanna bet REGGI has a massive grabber before he goes to trial????

Anonymous said...

From what we hear down at the Dirksen building,Ginger and a few other 19th ward people have a lot to be worrying about,

Anonymous said...

Is that Abbate?

Mr. SouthSide said...

Though I must applaud the man's hair, I must deny that it is me. As you can see, this silver mullet can belong to no one but me.

Anonymous said...

He looks like the typical morons the Dept. of Buildings hires as inspectors.