'Friends of Barack' facing multiple charges in corruption case

Ethel C. Fenig

Well, well, well!  Just look at who has been charged with money laundering, mail fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and other crimes involving  Federal and Illinois grant money for health charities, job training and other programs. A few friends of our president, Barack Obama, that's who.  One of those charged is the daughter of Reverend "godamn America" Jeremiah Wright.  Wright is the minister who united Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in matrimony; the happy couple then attended his church for many years listening to Wright's anti American sermons. 

Instead of helping the poor improve their lives, which was the purpose of these grants, those charged were financially comfortable becoming even more comfortable at the expense of the not even minimum wage workers. Oh, and all the accused are...Democrats.  Coincidence?  Not that this is necessarily Obama's fault of course.
 
According to the Chicago Sun Times

The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield has been busy the past few years investigating a variety of fraud schemes involving state grants. Thirteen people have been charged so far, six who have pleaded guilty.

Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama. One is the daughter of his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Another was chief of staff to Obama's longtime friend Eric E. Whitaker when Whitaker was Illinois' public health chief.

In all, prosecutors are alleging a total of $16 million in fraud involving state health or commerce department grants and contracts. (snip)

Defendant: Jeri L. Wright, daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Filed: April 10, 2013

Charges: Money laundering and making a false statement before a grand jury

Details: Wright, described as a "close associate and friend" of Regina and Ronald Evans, is accused of aiding the Evanses in their money-laundering scheme.

Status: Trial set for Oct. 16.

America Thinker previously reported on Jeri Wright's religious activities,

Defendant: Retired state Rep. Connie Howard (D-Chicago)

Filed: July 17, 2013

Charge: Mail fraud

Details: The South Side Democrat admitted skimming tens of thousands of dollars from a charity golf outing for "personal and political use, including expenses associated with the promotion of her campaign."

Status: Sentencing set for Nov. 21.

Howard's district neighbor was...Obama who also served in the Illinois state legislature prior to his federal elections, first as senator for a few years to gain experience before his election to the presidency. 

Defendant: Quinshaunta R. Golden, former Illinois Department of Public Health chief of staff

Filed: Aug. 7, 2013

Charges: Bribery/theft, mail fraud and obstruction of justice

Details: Golden, a niece of U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), is accused of pocketing about $433,000 in kickbacks on health department contracts and grants that she oversaw. Her boss at the time, Obama's friend Whitaker, has said he is cooperating with the investigation and "had no firsthand knowledge of the activities outlined in [Golden's] indictment."

Status: Trial set for Oct. 1.

Golden's uncle, Representative Danny Davis' (D-IL) district's boundaries are just a few miles from the Obama' Chicago home.  Not that there is anything wrong with that of course and certainly no indication that Davis or Whitaker or Obama knew of or condoned Golden's activities.  Meanwhile, the vulnerable people dependent on the Illinois Department of Health were ignored. 

In Illinois governance, where corruption is an accepted and expected part of the culture, more accusations are sure to come. 


Well, well, well!  Just look at who has been charged with money laundering, mail fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and other crimes involving  Federal and Illinois grant money for health charities, job training and other programs. A few friends of our president, Barack Obama, that's who.  One of those charged is the daughter of Reverend "godamn America" Jeremiah Wright.  Wright is the minister who united Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in matrimony; the happy couple then attended his church for many years listening to Wright's anti American sermons. 

Instead of helping the poor improve their lives, which was the purpose of these grants, those charged were financially comfortable becoming even more comfortable at the expense of the not even minimum wage workers. Oh, and all the accused are...Democrats.  Coincidence?  Not that this is necessarily Obama's fault of course.
 
According to the Chicago Sun Times

The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield has been busy the past few years investigating a variety of fraud schemes involving state grants. Thirteen people have been charged so far, six who have pleaded guilty.

Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama. One is the daughter of his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Another was chief of staff to Obama's longtime friend Eric E. Whitaker when Whitaker was Illinois' public health chief.

In all, prosecutors are alleging a total of $16 million in fraud involving state health or commerce department grants and contracts. (snip)

Defendant: Jeri L. Wright, daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Filed: April 10, 2013

Charges: Money laundering and making a false statement before a grand jury

Details: Wright, described as a "close associate and friend" of Regina and Ronald Evans, is accused of aiding the Evanses in their money-laundering scheme.

Status: Trial set for Oct. 16.

America Thinker previously reported on Jeri Wright's religious activities,

Defendant: Retired state Rep. Connie Howard (D-Chicago)

Filed: July 17, 2013

Charge: Mail fraud

Details: The South Side Democrat admitted skimming tens of thousands of dollars from a charity golf outing for "personal and political use, including expenses associated with the promotion of her campaign."

Status: Sentencing set for Nov. 21.

Howard's district neighbor was...Obama who also served in the Illinois state legislature prior to his federal elections, first as senator for a few years to gain experience before his election to the presidency. 

Defendant: Quinshaunta R. Golden, former Illinois Department of Public Health chief of staff

Filed: Aug. 7, 2013

Charges: Bribery/theft, mail fraud and obstruction of justice

Details: Golden, a niece of U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), is accused of pocketing about $433,000 in kickbacks on health department contracts and grants that she oversaw. Her boss at the time, Obama's friend Whitaker, has said he is cooperating with the investigation and "had no firsthand knowledge of the activities outlined in [Golden's] indictment."

Status: Trial set for Oct. 1.

Golden's uncle, Representative Danny Davis' (D-IL) district's boundaries are just a few miles from the Obama' Chicago home.  Not that there is anything wrong with that of course and certainly no indication that Davis or Whitaker or Obama knew of or condoned Golden's activities.  Meanwhile, the vulnerable people dependent on the Illinois Department of Health were ignored. 

In Illinois governance, where corruption is an accepted and expected part of the culture, more accusations are sure to come.