Former State Public Health Administrator Sentenced for Bribery, Kickback Scheme and Filing False Income Tax Returns
Springfield, Ill. – A former director of human resources for the Illinois Department of Public Health, Roxanne Jackson, has been sentenced to 25 months in federal prison for her part in a bribery and kickback scheme. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough ordered Jackson to pay $1,000,000 in restitution to the Illinois Department of Public Health and an additional $172,825 to the IRS. Jackson was ordered to remain on supervised release for three years following her release from prison. Jackson remains on bond and will self-report to begin serving her sentence on a date and location determined by the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Jackson, 50, of Olympia Fields, Ill., waived indictment and pled guilty on Sept. 23, 2014, to participating in a bribery and kickback scheme with IDPH Chief of Staff Quinshanta Golden. Jackson, at Golden’s direction, was a paid consultant to three not-for-profit entities that received state grant funds and a security business that conducted background checks and interviews of Illinois nursing home residents. As part of the scheme, Jackson was required to pay Golden one-half of whatever she received in grant funds, less any funds to be withheld for payment of taxes, which were never paid, and to pay Golden kickbacks for each background investigation performed by the security firm.
As a result of the scheme, from 2006 to 2009, Jackson received more than $1,000,000 in grant and contract funds, and paid Golden approximately $433,000 in kickback payments. For tax years 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, Jackson failed to report approximately $908,266 in income, resulting in failure to pay $172,825 in taxes due.
Golden is scheduled to be sentenced on June 19, 2015, for her role in the bribery and kickback scheme and for obstruction of justice.
Central District of Illinois U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis expressed his appreciation to the federal law enforcement officers assigned and the agencies that support the Central District of Illinois U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Public Corruption Task Force and participated in this investigation: the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Chicago Division; Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, Chicago Field Office; the Illinois Secretary of State Office of Inspector General; and, Illinois State Police, Division of Internal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Bass prosecuted the case on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois.
Individuals who wish to provide information to law enforcement regarding matters of alleged public corruption are urged to call the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 217-492-4450.