This is a lot of money, how did they get away with it for so long?
Cook County Employees Charged in $1.6 Million Scheme
Produced by Ammad Omar on Friday, January 25, 2008

Three current and former Cook County employees are among a group of people accused of defrauding banks and government agencies of over $1.6 million.

The Cook County President's Office of Employment Training—or POET for short—distributes government funds to groups that teach job skills to employees.

Rudolph Sanchez, Roberto Rivera, and Ronald Harper were all high ranking POET officials. All three were arrested yesterday, for what prosecutors call their "involvement in a series of fraudulent schemes."

The trio allegedly helped an unqualified company named United Front get a POET certification. That certification resulted in more than $400,000 in government money flowing to United Front. Prosecutors say the group did little to no actual work.

Five United Front employees were also charged. Three of those defendants were ministers at Christian Hope Church on the South Side of Chicago. Defense attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    Need to get rid of the friends and family plan of Urkel and cut Urkel's paycheck. Then, maybe CC can find money to help the budget.
    Anonymous said...
    i,m not so sure this was todds fault. he's only been there one year.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Regardless is Urkel/Todd had been in office for one year or ten years. All person who elected as an official took an oath to be accountable to the public. His actions for one year shows that he is not fit for the position that he is in. I am not saying that he is not fit for any position. But, not for CC Prez. Now, Blago hasn't been in office that long. And his actions to the taxpayers and the state shows that he is not fit as Governor. Accountability starts from day one when he or she is an elected or appointed official.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    The stolen money would not be Urkel's fault but all of his hiring friends and family, then overpaying them is completely his fault.
    SP Biloxi said...
    My point is that all elected officals need to be held accountable. My point is about Urkel is that he needs to stop the friends and family plan. And of course, he is not the person responsible for an unbalanced budget in the state. But, Urkel is responsible for his position as CC President. And from the articles that Chiago Native has posted, he should be removed. He is hurting the CC taxpayers. And of course, the overpayed money to Urkel's buddies won't balance the budget.

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