Thursday, August 02, 2012
Eugene Mullins a former top aide to Todd Stroger charged in federal court
An onetime top aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was arrested Thursday on charges he pocketed nearly $35,000 in payoffs in return for steering county contracts to several acquaintances willing to make the kickbacks.
The federal charges against Eugene Mullins, Stroger's childhood friend, come nearly two years after another high-ranking Stroger adviser was charged in Cook County in a similar scheme.
Mullins' attorney, Brunell Donald-Kyei, said that federal agents sought her client's cooperation when they confronted him Thursday morning. They brought up Stroger specifically, she said.
"Did you give any of that money to Todd?" Donald-Kyei said the agents asked Mullins in an apparent reference to the $34,700 in kickbacks he is accused of taking.
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