Reputable political families are having their legacies tarnished. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress amid allegations of funds misappropriation. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is facing 20 years in prison for corruption. Now Jeri L. Wright has been indicted for fraud. Wright is the daughter of President Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
NBC Chicago reports:
“A federal investigation into the alleged misuse of a $1.25 million state grant led Wednesday to the indictment of the daughter the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the contentious former pastor of President Barack Obama.
A grand jury sitting in Springfield returned three indictments, including one that claims Jeri L. Wright, of Hazel Crest, took $28,000 in state money, purporting to do work related to the grant’s purpose, but deposited about $20,000 into bank accounts controlled by Regina and Ronald Evans, of Country Club Hills.
A superseding indictment also was handed down Wednesday contending Evans, the former police chief of Country Club Hills, and her husband committed wire fraud, money laundering and more in using the 2009 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Through two nonprofits the Evanses ran, the couple allegedly promised to use the grant money to train bricklayers and electricians and provide GED preparation in a renovated theater they owned in Chicago.
The third indictment charges Regina Evans’ brother, Ricky McCoy, of Chicago, with obstruction of justice, witness tampering and other charges related to the ongoing investigation, along with money laundering. It claims that the 52-year-old McCoy cashed a check for $16,249 and deposited it into a bank account controlled by the Evanses.”
Regina Evans was also indicted in April 2012 for fraud.