The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright — the controversial former pastor to President Barack Obama — was indicted today in an expanding federal probe of a state grant tied to a former suburban police chief.
Jeri Wright of Hazel Crest is accused of helping former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans convert fake paychecks from Evans’ nonprofit to Evans’ personal use, allegedly hiding money that was supposed to be used to train minority and female workers in the building trades.
Federal prosecutors in the Illinois’ central district say Jeri Wright received about $28,000 in grant-tied paychecks in 2009, but $20,000 of that was deposited back into accounts controlled by Evans. Prosecutors also say Wright then lied to officers and a grand jury.
The charges emerge about a year after Evans was charged with fraud in relation to a $1.25 million job training grant awarded to her nonprofit, We Are Our Brothers Keeper.
Political fundraiser Christopher Kelly died after taking an overdose of pain medications, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Kelly overdosed on salicylate, used in such medications as aspirin, and acetaminophen, Tylenol's main ingredient, the office said.
A toxicology report also showed diphenhydramine, commonly sold as Benadryl.
Last month, Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch reported that Kelly ingested a pain reliever and rat poison. On Monday, Welch referred calls to police Chief Regina Evans, who did not return a phone call seeking comment. Kelly took his own life before he was to begin serving time for fraud and tax convictions.
He was also under pressure to cooperate against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.By the way, I don't believe in coincidences.