Northern District of Illinois

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Zachary T. FardonZachary T. Fardon, USA

Zachary T. Fardon served as a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade before entering private law practice and then returning to government service as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He began serving as the U.S. Attorney in Chicago on October 23, 2013, after President Obama signed his commission.

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about the District

The Northern District of Illinois covers 18 counties across the northen tier of Illinois, with a population of approximately nine million people. The office has more than 300 employees, including approximately 170 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and more than two dozen paralegals, along with other administrative and support staff. The district has a branch office in Rockford staffed by seven attorneys.


219 S. Dearborn St., 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 353-5300
327 S. Church Street, Room 3300
Rockford, IL 61101
Phone: (815) 987-4444

Recent News

April 16, 2014

Two Former Cook County Board of Review Analysts Sentenced to Prison for Accepting a Bribe to Arrange Property Tax Reductions

April 16, 2014

Des Plaines Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Sexually Exploiting 11 Children and Producing Child Pornography

April 14, 2014

Federal Tax Prosecutions Serve As Reminder to Taxpayers to Comply With Tax Obligations on Eve of April 15 Deadline

April 10, 2014

High-Level Sinaloa Cartel Member’s Guilty Plea Unsealed; Zambada-Niebla’s Cooperation With U.S. Revealed

April 9, 2014

Chicago Transportation Department Clerk Arrested for Allegedly Embezzling Over $741,000 From City Permit Fees

April 9, 2014

Former Markham Deputy Police Chief Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Lying to FBI About Raping Woman in Police Custody

April 8, 2014

Chinatown Civic Leader Pleads Guilty to Theft From Charity and Filing a False Federal Income Tax Return

April 2, 2014

Six Defendants Indicted in Alleged Conspiracy to Bribe Government Officials in India to Mine Titanium Minerals

March 26, 2014

Chicago Tax Preparer Indicted for Causing More Than 150 Fraudulent Tax Returns Seeking Over $1 Million in Refunds

March 26, 2014

17 Defendants Indicted in International ATM Skimming and Money Laundering Scheme; Two Arrested in Bulgaria

March 25, 2014

CEO of Bankrupt Sentinel Management Group Convicted in $500 Million Fraud Scheme Before Firm’s 2007 Collapse

March 21, 2014

Suspended Physician Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge; Admits Exchanging Thousands of Prescription Doses for Sex

March 21, 2014

Lake County Man Indicted in Eight Armed Robberies of Retail Stores Across Lake and Northern Cook Counties

March 21, 2014

Former Cook County Official Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Steering Contracts in Return for Nearly $35,000 in Kickbacks

March 17, 2014

Weight-Loss Infomercial Pitch-Man Kevin Trudeau Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Criminal Contempt

March 17, 2014

Former CME Clerk Convicted of Commodities Fraud for Manipulating Trades to Profit More Than $200,000

March 14, 2014

Ukrainian Businessman Arrested in Austria on U.S. International Corruption Conspiracy Charges

March 12, 2014

Chicago Area Man Convicted Of Running West Side Heroin Distribution And Money Laundering Conspiracies

March 11, 2014

Pharmaceutical Company to Pay $27.6 Million to Settle Claims of False Billings to Federal and State Health Care Programs

March 5, 2014

Three Northbrook Family Members Charged With Transporting Stolen Property Following Multi-State “Shopping” Spree

March 3, 2014

Buffalo Grove Chiropractor and Physician Among Six Indicted in Alleged $2.98 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

February 28, 2014

Two Executives Indicted In Alleged $190 Million Equipment Financing Fraud Scheme That Caused $100 Million Loss To Lenders

February 28, 2014

Owner Of Elk Grove Village Company Indicted For Allegedly Defrauding 200 Investors Of $9 Million Through Stock SalesFebruary 27, 2014

Kane County Man and Co-Defendant Sentenced to Federal Prison Terms for $6.6 Million Financing Fraud Scheme

February 27, 2014

Escrow Company Executive Allegedly Misused Customers’ Funds; Employee Charged Separately With Stealing From Company

February 25, 2014

Chicago Woman Sentenced to 13 Years in Federal Prison for Swindling 1,000 Elderly Victims of Cash and Credit Cards

February 25, 2014

Pharmacist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Obtaining $1.7 Million From Health Insurers for Drug he Never Dispensed

February 24, 2014

Kenneth Conley Given 41-month Sentence for MCC Escape, to Be Served Consecutively to 20-Year Term for Bank Robbery

February 20, 2014

Ottawa, Ill., Man Sentenced To 7˝ Years In Federal Prison For Receiving Child Pornography

February 20, 2014

Physician Arrested for Allegedly Illegally Dispensing Oxycodone and Falsely Billing Medicare in Undercover Probe

February 19, 2014

Former Cook County Commissioner Moreno Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Series of Public Corruption Schemes

February 7, 2014

Seven Defendants Indicted in Six Armed Robberies of Cell Phone Stores in Chicago Suburbs, Indiana and Downstate Illinois

February 7, 2014

Brothers Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder in Aid of Racketeering Involving False Identification Document Ring

February 5, 2014

Former Commodities Trader Sentenced to 6˝ Years in Prison for $5.3 Million Loss to Victims in $10 Million Fraud Scheme

February 4, 2014

Suburban Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

January 31, 2014

Former Developer of Condo-Hotels in Chicago and Florida Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Federal Tax Evasion

January 31, 2014

South Suburban Father and Son Indicted for Allegedly Operating $2 Million Synthetic Marijuana Mail Order Business

January 29, 2014

U.S. Indicts Corporate Audit Director on Securities Fraud Charges for Allegedly Profiting $286,000 From Insider Trading

January 27, 2014

Illinois Hospice Executive Charged With Federal Health Care Fraud For Allegedly Falsely Elevating Level Of Patients’ Care

January 22, 2014

Man Sentenced to 52 Months in Prison for Swindling Churches and Business Owners Nationwide in Advance-fee Fraud Scheme

January 22, 2014

Four Chicago and Suburban Men Indicted in Alleged $1.4 Million Automobile Loan Fraud Scheme

January 22, 2014

Lake County Man Indicted in Alleged $3.2 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving Properties in Chicago’s Englewood Community

January 16, 2014

Chicago Man Admits Mailing Scores of Threats, Including to Police Officers and Families After Cougar Was Killed in 2008

January 14, 2014

H. Ty Warner Sentenced to Probation After Paying $80 Million in Taxes and Penalties for Tax Evasion on Funds Hidden in Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

January 9, 2014

Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office Collected $78.1 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2013

January 9, 2014

One Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty and Another Sentenced to Five Years in Prison in Separate Federal Income Tax Fraud Cases

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