Meanwhile Springfield gets worried


Blagojevich donor hit with formal indictment

May 4, 2007
The Associated Press
Two months after she was arrested, a woman with close ties to Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his wife has been indicted on charges of bilking the state of more than $2 million, Cook County prosecutors said today.

Anita K. Mahajan, 56, owns K.K. Bioscience Inc., which has had a contract since the 1990s to conduct drug screenings for clients of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Prosecutors claim the company billed the state for screenings that were never performed.

Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Michael Smith said Mahajan was indicted for the theft of more than $100,000 from a government entity, continuing financial crimes enterprise and false certification. If convicted, Mahajan faces 6 to 30 years in prison.

Mahajan did not speak during a brief court hearing today and would not comment afterward. A judge scheduled her arraignment for May 24.

Mahajan and her banker husband, Amrish, paid first lady Patti Blagojevich more than $113,000 in commissions from real estate deals last year. Amrish Mahajan is also a contributor to Blagojevich's political campaigns.


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4 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "Blagojevich donor hit with formal indictment"

    Before that, it was Rezko! All roads lead for trouble for Blagojevich.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Not looking good. Rezko seems to be someone to stay away from.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Who else under the radar is in connection with the governor?
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Identified problems for Blagojevich,

    Official A was identified as William Cellini, lobbyist and former republican fundraiser (to Ryan, out free on appeal)

    Stuart Levine who
    pleaded guilty for getting squeeze millions of dollars from firms seeking state business

    Official B is Christopher Kelly, a fundraiser, who headed Blagojevich campaign funding and another fundraiser Antoin 'Tony' Rezko, who has already been indicted on federal corruption charges.,

    lobbyist Robert Kjellander, now the treasurer of the Republican National Committee.

    Levine--who was a member of the state teachers pension board and state hospital construction board--tied Blagojevich's top two fundraisers to the alleged corruption scheme.

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