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December 30 Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office Collected $118.9 Million In Civil And Criminal Actions And Asset Forfeitures In Fiscal Year 2014  
December 22 Canadian Man Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Swindling Elderly Victims In $8 Million Telemarketing Scam From The Philippines  
December 18 Chicago Travel Agent Arrested On Federal Fraud Charge For Allegedly Swindling Muslim Pilgrims Of Hajj Travel Packages Complaint

December 11 Steven Mandell Sentenced To Life In Prison For Barbaric 2012 Plot To Kidnap, Extort And Kill Victim In North Side Torture Chamber  
December 10 Vehicle Dealer And Accountant Sentenced To Prison For $75.9 Million Financing Fraud Scheme That Caused 18 Lenders To Lose $58.8 Million  
December 10 Eight Defendants Charged With Distributing Heroin In Chicago Area On Behalf Of Guerrero Unidos Mexican Drug Cartel Complaint

December 9 Tri State Metal Company, Inc. Charged With Federal Tax And Currency Crimes Involving Millions Of Dollars In Cash Deals Information

December 8 Two Former Will County Bank Officials Plead Guilty To Concealing Loan Delinquencies Of Two Customers Schmidt Plea Agreement

Barber Plea Agreement

December 5 Futures Trader Indicted For Allegedly Stealing Computer-Stored Trade Secrets From His Former Chicago Trading Firm Indictment
December 5 Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham Pleads Guilty To Transporting Child Pornogrphy Plea Agreement
December 4 Alderman’s Former Chief Of Staff Pleads Guilty To Accepting $7,500 Bribe In Exchange For Letters Of Support For Liquor License Plea Agreement
December 4 Two Men, Including Maryland Attorney, Indicted For Allegedly Defrauding 125 Business Owners Of $2 Million In “Advance Fees” Indictment
November 25 Former Suburban Chicago Home Builder Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Failing To Pay $1.27 Million In Federal Income Taxes  
November 24 Sinaloa Cartel Member Sentenced To 22 Years In Federal Prison; Plea Agreements Unsealed For Leaders Of Cartel’s Chicago Cell  
November 24 Former Owner Of Defunct Chicago Rush Arena Football Team Arrested On Federal Bankruptcy And Wire Fraud Charges Complaint
November 21 Six Defendants Indicted In Alleged Plot To Collect $40,000 Business Debt By Assaulting Former Restaurant Employee Indictment
November 19 Chicago Police Officer Indicted For Alleged Civil Rights Excessive Force Violation And Obstruction Of Justice Indictment
November 6 Chicago Man Indicted On Federal Charges For Allegedly Illegally Selling And Possessing Firearms Indictment
November 5 Suburban Chicago Man Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison For Failing To Pay Taxes On $3.1 Million In Income Over Eight Years  
November 4 Former Lansing Man Sentenced To Nearly 20 Years In Prison For Attempting To Persuade A Minor To Engage In Sexual Conduct  
October 31 U.S. Attorney’s Office to Conduct Election Day Monitoring. Election Day Hotline: (312) 469-6157  
October 30 Former Northwestern Physician To Pay The United States $475,000 To Settle Cancer Research Grant Fraud Claims Settlement Agreement
October 29 29 Defendants Facing State or Federal Charges for Alleged Roles in “Cracking Cards” Schemes Costing Banks Millions of Dollars Complaint
October 27 Joel R. Levin Returns To U.S. Attorney’s Office To Succeed Retiring First Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary S. Shapiro  
October 24 Des Plaines Man Sentenced To More Than 17½ Years In Federal Prison For Murder-For-Hire Of Estranged Wife And Her Friends  
October 24 Illinois Lawyer And Internet Radio Talk Show Host Convicted In $9.7 Million Mortgage Fraud Schemes  
October 22 MCC Escapee Joseph Banks Sentenced To 36 Years In Federal Prison For Armed Bank Robberies  
October 21 Corrections Officer And Three Inmates Among Seven Charged In Alleged Plot To Smuggle Contraband Into Cook County Jail Complaint
October 20 Suburban Dermatologist Convicted Of Cheating Medicare And Private Insurers Of $2.6 Million In Health Care Fraud Scheme  
October 17 Chicago Investment Advisor Convicted Of Defrauding Suburban Bank And Two Clients Of More Than $3.2 Million  
October 10 Chicago Man Convicted Of Conspiracy To Violate U.S. Sanctions By Providing Services To Zimbabwean President Mugabe And Others  
October 10 Taiwanese Businessman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Violate U.S. Laws Preventing Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Plea Agreement
October 6 FBI Arrests Suburban Chicago Man For Allegedly Attempting To Support Terrorism Overseas” Complaint
October 3 Former Investment Adviser Sentenced To 3½ Years In Prison For $3 Million Loss To Victims In Financing Fraud Scheme  
October 2 Bolingbrook Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Exporting Carbon Fiber And Other Controlled Items To Pakistan” Plea
October 2 High-Frequency Trader Indicted For Manipulating Commodities Futures Markets In First Federal Prosecution For Spoofing” Indictment
October 1 22 Defendants Charged for Alleged Roles in Connected Drug Rings Extending From Mexico to Chicago and Across the U.S. Madrigal Complaint

Contreras Complaint

Moyano Complaint
September 29 Chicago Taxicab Operator Indicted and Arrested for Allegedly Conspiring to Falsify Titles of Salvaged and Rebuilt Taxis Indictment
September 24 Chicago Area Man Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Manufacturing Child Pornogrphy  
September 23 Suburban Immigration Attorney and Interpreter Indicted and Arrested for Allegedly Falsifying Clients’ Asylum Requests Indictment
September 18 West Side Gang Leader Responsible for Killing Off-Duty Detective and Woman Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Heroin Conspiracy  
September 11 Former Chicago Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison for Sexually Abusing Two Girls and Producing Child Pornography  
September 10 Former Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty to Using Excessive Force Against Detainee in Maywood Lockup in 2010 Plea Agreement
September 9 Former Burnham Village Clerk Sentenced To 1½ Years In Prison For Stealing From Revenue Payments And Cheating On Taxes  
September 5 Former Area Man Convicted Of Sex-Trafficking Two Minors And An Adult Victim At Southwest Suburban Motels  
September 4 Suspended Physician Pleads Guilty To Illegally Dispensing Oxycodone And Falsely Billing Medicare In Undercover Probe Plea Agreement
September 3 Former Suburban Chiropractor and His Wife Sentenced to Federal Prison for $1 Million Health Insurance Fraud Scheme  
August 28 Former Cook County Employee Arrested for Allegedly Swindling $330,000 From $10.3 Million U.S. Flood Relief Grant Indictment
August 28 Lakemoor Man Who Teaches in Buffalo Grove Middle School Arrested on Federal Child Sexual Exploitation Charges Complaint
August 27 Chicago Man Allegedly Exploited U.S. Visa Program To Defraud Chinese Investors Of $160 Million In Purported O’Hare Complex Indictment
August 27 14 Area Defendants, Including 12 Felons, Charged With Illegally Possessing or Selling Firearms; More Than 100 Guns Seized Complaint
August 22 Three Southwest Suburban Defendants Indicted in Alleged Scheme to Defraud Organ and Tissue Donor Network Indictment
August 18 Two Suburban Men Indicted on Federal Gun Charges for Allegedly Illegally Possessing 40 Firearms Indictment
August 13 Former Bahrain Banker Pleads Guilty to $1.3 Million Federal Income Tax Fraud; Begins Repayment Plea Agreement
August 13 Former Redflex CEO, Liaison, and Chicago Official Indicted for Alleged Corruption in City’s Red Light Camera Contracts Indictment
August 7 Thirty-Five Defendants Facing State or Federal Drug Charges for Allegedly Selling Heroin and Crack Cocaine on City’s West Side Complaint
August 5 Chicago Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Forced Sex-Trafficking of Four Victims, Including Two Minors  
August 5 Former Physician Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison on Drug Charge for Trading Prescription Drugs for Sex and Cash  
August 4 Former Lombard Businessman Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Soliciting Murder to Erase an $8 Million Debt  
August 4 Former Lyons Police Officer Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Extorting $48,000 From Targets of Investigations  
August 1 Grundy County Gun Dealer Indicted on Federal Charges for Allegedly Illegally Selling Firearms Indictment

August 1 Federal Officer Charged With Witness Tampering for Allegedly Hindering Investigation of Sham Marriage Indictment
July 31 Bankrupt Developer of Algonquin Project Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for $1 Million Bank Fraud  
July 31 Six Defendants Charged in Separate Fraud Schemes to Obtain $2.7 Million in Mortgages, Student Aid, Bank and Small Business Loans Trice Complaint

Campbell Complaint
July 29 “Doctor At Home” Manager Arrested on Federal Health Care Fraud Charge; Allegedly Ran Extensive Medicare Fraud Scheme Complaint
July 21 Three Operators of ATM Servicing Business Sentenced to Prison Terms Between 20 and 51 Months for $1.7 Million Frauid Scheme  
July 16 Former CME Clerk Sentenced to Eight Months in Prison for Manipulating Trades to Profit More Than $200,000  
July 16 Former North Chicago School Board Member Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Bus Contracts Fraud Scheme  
July 16 Seven Defendants Charged in Alleged Trafficking of Drugs and Firearms Between Suburban Harvey and Central Ohio Burks Complaint

Galvan Complaint

Waterford Complaint
July 15 Skokie Couple Arrested for Allegedly Bilking Medicare and Paying Kickbacks for Patients in $800,000 Health Care Fraud Scheme Indictment
July 10 Two California Men Indicted on Federal Charges for Allegedly Releasing 2,000 Minks and Damaging Morris, ILL., Mink Farm in 2013 Indictment
June 30 Latin Kings’ Leader of Little Village Region Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for RICO Conspiracy and Related Gang Crimes  
June 25 Chicago Man Arrested on Federal Charges for Allegedly Impersonating a U.S. Marshal Service Employee Twice in 2013 Indictment
June 24 Chicago Man Surrenders After Being Indicted in Alleged Conspiracy to Illegally Traffic Guns From Indiana to Chicago Indictment
June 17 Former Chicago Tax Preparer Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Tax and Unemployment Insurance Fraud Schemes  
June 17 U.S. Files Lawsuit Against IPC the Hospitalist Company, Alleges Overbilling of Federal Health Insurers for Physician Services Complaint
June 16 Alleged Associate of “NullCrew” Arrested on Federal Hacking Charge Involving Cyber Attacks on Companies and Universities Complaint
June 12 27 Defendants Facing State or Federal Drug Charges for Allegedly Selling Heroin and Crack Cocaine on City’s West Side Shoulders et al. Complaint
June 10 Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith Convicted of Taking $7,000 Bribe  
June 9 Barge Captain and Marine Company Convicted in Fatal 2005 Explosion That Discharged Slurry Oil in Chicago Canal  
June 6 Salesman and CEO of Former Downstate Telecommunications Business Indicted in Alleged $6 Million Financing Fraud Scheme Indictment
June 2 Schaumburg Man Arrested on Federal Charge for Allegedly Transporting Child Pornography  
May 29 Chicago Investment Fund Manager Facing Criminal Charge for Allegedly Defrauding 41 Investors of $11.3 Million Information
May 28 Chicago Man Indicted on Federal Charges for Allegedly Illegally Trafficking and Possessing Dozens of Firearms Indictment
May 27 Suburban Business Owner and Bookkeeper Charged With $1.2 Million Credit Card Fraud Scheme and $1.5 Million Tax Evasion Indictment
May 27 Illinois Hospice Executive, Three Former Employees and Company Indicted for Allegedly Falsely Elevating Level of Patients’ Care Indictment
May 23 Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham Indicted For Allegedly Possessing, Receiving, And Transporting Child Pornography Indictment
May 22 Tax Preparer Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Filing 3,200 False Returns Claiming Refunds Totaling $3.37 Million for Clients  
May 21 Remarks As Prepared for Delivery By U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon on Violence in Chicago Before the City Club of Chicago  
May 19 South Loop Condo Developer and Two Attorneys Among Six Defendants Indicted in $22.8 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme Indictment
May 15 South Holland Man Sentenced to Nearly 17 Years in Prison for Illegally Trafficking Hundreds of Guns From Indiana to Chicago  
May 14 Retired Chicago Official Arrested on Federal Bribery Charge for Taking Cash and Personal Benefits to Steer $124 Million in City Contracts to Redflex for Red Light Camera Program Complaint
May 14 Two Defendants Arrested and Charged in Alleged Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving Federal Undercover Investigation Complaint
May 13 Veteran Federal Prosecutor Julie B. Porter Takes Helm of U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division  
May 8 Bolingbrook Man Charged With Attempting to Illegally Export Thermal Imaging Camera to Pakistan Indictment
May 6 Former Burnham Village Clerk Charged With Stealing At Least $650,000 From Revenue Payments and Filing False Tax Return Indictment
May 2 Chicago Man Sentenced to More than 15 Years in Federal Prison for 20 Armed Robberies of Stores in Chicago and Suburbs in 2010  
May 2 Real Estate Investment Partner Indicted for Allegedly Cheating At Least 50 Mostly Chicago Area Investors of $10 Million Indictment
May 1 McHugh Construction to Pay $12 Million to Settle Contract Fraud Claims By U.S. and Illinois on Seven Area Public Works Projects Settlement Agreement

Settlement and Compliance Agreement
April 30 Chicago Man Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Threatening Police Officers and Others Before and After 2008 Cougar Killing  
April 29 Area Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Illegally Traffic Firearms From Missouri to Illinois  
April 28 River Forest Man Guilty of Sending Threats to Kill Chicago Politicians, Local Police, and Texas and California Oil Executives  
April 28 Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham Charged With Possession of Child Pornogrphy Complaint
April 28 Niles-Based Education Firms and Executives Indicted in Alleged $33 Million Fraud; Bribes Allegedly Paid to Four School Officials Indictment
April 25 Longtime Gang Member Sentenced to 24 Years in Federal Prison for Supervising Sales of 39 Kilos of Heroin on City’s West Side  
April 25 Suburban Investment Advisor Indicted for Allegedly Defrauding At Least 10 Investors of $2.9 Million Indictment
April 24 Three Chicago Men Indicted for Their Alleged Roles in a Series of Armed Robberies of 10 Retail Businesses in Chicago and Suburbs Craig/Pickett Indict.

Craig/Williams Indict.
April 24 Dutch Man To Plead Guilty To Selling Illegal Drugs For Bitcoins Worth Millions On Shuttered Silk Road Website Information
April 21 Ten Defendants Charged In Separate Federal Cases Alleging A Total Of More Than $1.27 Million In Social Security Fraud  
April 18 Riverdale Marina Re-Developer Arrested on Federal Charges for Allegedly Defrauding the Village of $370,000 in Public Funds Indictment
April 16 Two Former Cook County Board of Review Analysts Sentenced to Prison for Accepting a Bribe to Arrange Property Tax Reductions  
April 16 Des Plaines Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Sexually Exploiting 11 Children and Producing Child Pornography  
April 14 Federal Tax Prosecutions Serve As Reminder to Taxpayers to Comply With Tax Obligations on Eve of April 15 Deadline  
April 10 High-Level Sinaloa Cartel Member’s Guilty Plea Unsealed; Zambada-Niebla’s Cooperation With U.S. Revealed Plea Agreement
April 9 Chicago Transportation Department Clerk Arrested for Allegedly Embezzling Over $741,000 From City Permit Fees Complaint
April 9 Former Markham Deputy Police Chief Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Lying to FBI About Raping Woman in Police Custody  
April 8 Chinatown Civic Leader Pleads Guilty to Theft From Charity and Filing a False Federal Income Tax Return Plea Agreement
April 2 Six Defendants Indicted in Alleged Conspiracy to Bribe Government Officials in India to Mine Titanium Minerals Indictment
March 26 Chicago Tax Preparer Indicted for Causing More Than 150 Fraudulent Tax Returns Seeking Over $1 Million in Refunds Indictment
March 26 17 Defendants Indicted in International ATM Skimming and Money Laundering Scheme; Two Arrested in Bulgaria Indictment
March 25 CEO of Bankrupt Sentinel Management Group Convicted in $500 Million Fraud Scheme Before Firm’s 2007 Collapse  
March 21 Suspended Physician Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge; Admits Exchanging Thousands of Prescription Doses for Sex Plea Agreement
March 21 Lake County Man Indicted in Eight Armed Robberies of Retail Stores Across Lake and Northern Cook Counties  
March 21 Former Cook County Official Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Steering Contracts in Return for Nearly $35,000 in Kickbacks  
March 17 Weight-Loss Infomercial Pitch-Man Kevin Trudeau Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Criminal Contempt  
March 17 Former CME Clerk Convicted of Commodities Fraud for Manipulating Trades to Profit More Than $200,000  
March 14 Ukrainian Businessman Arrested in Austria on U.S. International Corruption Conspiracy Charges  
March 12 Chicago Area Man Convicted Of Running West Side Heroin Distribution And Money Laundering Conspiracies  
March 11 Pharmaceutical Company to Pay $27.6 Million to Settle Claims of False Billings to Federal and State Health Care Programs Settlement Agreement
March 5 Three Northbrook Family Members Charged With Transporting Stolen Property Following Multi-State “Shopping” Spree Complaint
March 3 Buffalo Grove Chiropractor and Physician Among Six Indicted in Alleged $2.98 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme Indictment
February 28 Two Executives Indicted In Alleged $190 Million Equipment Financing Fraud Scheme That Caused $100 Million Loss To Lenders Indictment

February 28 Owner Of Elk Grove Village Company Indicted For Allegedly Defrauding 200 Investors Of $9 Million Through Stock Sales Indictment

February 27 Kane County Man and Co-Defendant Sentenced to Federal Prison Terms for $6.6 Million Financing Fraud Scheme  
February 27 Escrow Company Executive Allegedly Misused Customers’ Funds; Employee Charged Separately With Stealing From Company Lurie Indictment

Cruz Indictment
February 25 Chicago Woman Sentenced to 13 Years in Federal Prison for Swindling 1,000 Elderly Victims of Cash and Credit Cards  
February 25 Pharmacist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Obtaining $1.7 Million From Health Insurers for Drug he Never Dispensed  
February 24 Kenneth Conley Given 41-month Sentence for MCC Escape, to Be Served Consecutively to 20-Year Term for Bank Robbery  
February 20 Ottawa, Ill., Man Sentenced To 7½ Years In Federal Prison For Receiving Child Pornography  
February 20 Physician Arrested for Allegedly Illegally Dispensing Oxycodone and Falsely Billing Medicare in Undercover Probe Complaint
February 19 Former Cook County Commissioner Moreno Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Series of Public Corruption Schemes  
February 7 Seven Defendants Indicted in Six Armed Robberies of Cell Phone Stores in Chicago Suburbs, Indiana and Downstate Illinois Indictment
February 7 Brothers Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder in Aid of Racketeering Involving False Identification Document Ring  
February 5 Former Commodities Trader Sentenced to 6½ Years in Prison for $5.3 Million Loss to Victims in $10 Million Fraud Scheme  
February 4 Suburban Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Receiving Child Pornography  
January 31 Former Developer of Condo-Hotels in Chicago and Florida Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Federal Tax Evasion  
January 31 South Suburban Father and Son Indicted for Allegedly Operating $2 Million Synthetic Marijuana Mail Order Business Indictment
January 29 U.S. Indicts Corporate Audit Director on Securities Fraud Charges for Allegedly Profiting $286,000 From Insider Trading Indictment
January 27 Illinois Hospice Executive Charged With Federal Health Care Fraud For Allegedly Falsely Elevating Level Of Patients’ Care Complaint
January 21 Man Sentenced to 52 Months in Prison for Swindling Churches and Business Owners Nationwide in Advance-fee Fraud Scheme  
January 21 Four Chicago and Suburban Men Indicted in Alleged $1.4 Million Automobile Loan Fraud Scheme Indictment
January 21 Lake County Man Indicted in Alleged $3.2 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme Involving Properties in Chicago’s Englewood Community Indictment
January 16 Chicago Man Admits Mailing Scores of Threats, Including to Police Officers and Families After Cougar Was Killed in 2008 Plea Agreement

January 14 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 Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office Collected $78.1 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2013  
January 9 One Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty and Another Sentenced to Five Years in Prison in Separate Federal Income Tax Fraud Cases Plea Agreement
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