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Archive for June 28th, 2010

City of Chicago Employee Convicted of Vote Fraud

Posted by Admin On June - 28 - 2010 1 COMMENT

 Charged in 2008 following a joint investigation with the city of Chicago Office of the Inspector General

 

 A superintendent in the city’s Bureau of Streets and Sanitation was convicted of multiple counts of vote fraud for attempting to persuade voters in the 50th Ward to vote by absentee ballot in two elections in 2007, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita  Alvarez. 

Anish Eapen, 39, was convicted of 9 counts of vote fraud including attempted absentee ballot fraud and attempted mutilation of election materials for attempting to lure voters to use absentee ballots during Chicago elections in February and April 2007, violating the Illinois Election Code.  Co-defendant Armando Ramos, 36 was found to have assisted Eapen’s unlawful efforts to mislead voters and was convicted of 20 counts of vote fraud, including attempted absentee ballot fraud, and attempted mutilation of election materials.  Cook County Judge Marcus Salone convicted Eapen and Ramos following a bench trial.  Both defendants face probation up to 364 days in jail when sentenced.

According to prosecutors, a joint investigation with the Chicago Inspector General’s office revealed that during the several weeks preceding both the February 27 election and April 17 aldermanic runoff election in 2007, Eapen and Ramos visited the homes of numerous registered voters in the 50th Ward and solicited them to apply for an absentee ballot to vote in either or both elections.

 Under Illinois law, voters must meet specific qualifications in order to cast an absentee ballot.    Both Eapen and Ramos falsely told voters that they could obtain an absentee ballot and vote this way based on reasons such as cold weather, or simply because it was easier than voting in person. As a ward superintendent, Eapen did not have the authority to advise or inform residents how to vote.

“The right to vote should not be taken lightly”, said Alvarez.  “It is not only dishonorable to abuse this right, but also illegal.  Today’s verdicts are especially important because they send a clear message that Cook County will prosecute government employees who violate the law”.

Eapen and Ramos will both appear before Judge Salone on August 4, 2010 for sentencing.

Alvarez thanked the City of Chicago Office of the Inspector General for its assistance in the investigation and successful prosecution.  Alvarez also thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Lynn McCarthy of the Special Prosecutions Bureau for handling the prosecution of this case.

“Alexi is not really a part of this circus”: Giannoulias spokesperson on Blagojevich trial subpoena

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Alexi for Illinois campaign spokesman Matt McGrath released the following statement today on the Rod Blagojevich trial:

 

“As has been clear for some time, but especially as the trial has unfolded, Alexi is not really a part of this circus. It was no secret that he thinks highly of Valerie Jarrett, and thought she would make a terrific Senator, so of course he wanted to be helpful. That’s why he reached out to Harris to say as much. Tom Balanoff reached out to him to get in touch with Valerie because he didn’t know her well or know how to get a hold of her. Alexi put the two of them together in a meeting. He attended this meeting, but was not an active participant. He never spoke to the President or the former governor about anything related to it.

“Still, as with dozens of others from the President on down, the former governor’s defense team contacted Alexi’s attorney as part of what can only be described as a wide-ranging defense strategy. The former governor’s ill will toward Alexi is no secret, and apparently continues. As does the circus.”

Kirk Campaign responds to Giannoulias subpoena in Blagojevich corruption trial

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 Statement by Kirk spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski:     

“Today’s news developments further emphasize the troubling pattern that has emerged concerning Alexi Giannoulias.  As state treasurer, Giannoulias lost more than $70 million in Bright Start college savings funds and his family’s bank cost the FDIC nearly $400 million in losses. Now we’ve learned Giannoulias’ name has come up on federal wire taps talking about the Illinois Senate seat and he has been subpoenaed in former and disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich’s public corruption trial. This revelation raises additional questions about Alexi Giannoulias that he needs to answer.” 

Key Questions for Alexi Giannoulias

 

1.      When did Alexi Giannoulias receive his subpoena notice?

2.      What did Alexi hear and say during the meeting he brokered between Tom Balanoff and Valerie Jarrett?

3.      Alexi Giannoulias claims Tom Balanoff “reached out to me to get in touch with Valerie; he did not know how to get ahold of her.”  Why would Tom Balanoff need Alexi Giannoulias to reach Valerie Jarrett if Balanoff had a direct line to the President-elect 

4.      What day did Tom Balanoff call Alexi Giannoulias?

 5.      What day did Alexi Giannoulias, Tom Balanoff and Valerie Jarrett hold a meeting?

6.      Does Tom Balanoff agree with Alexi Giannoulias’ version of events?

7.      Why did Alexi Giannoulias previously claim that the Blagojevich staff reached out to him regarding his possible appointment to the U.S. Senate seat when in fact he had called John Harris and brokered a meeting between Tom Balanoff and Valerie Jarrett?

8.      Why did Alexi Giannoulias make no mention of his subpoena or his meeting with Balanoff when reporters first asked him about a wiretap conversation in which Blagojevich Chief of Staff John Harris tells Rod Blagojevich that Giannoulias had called?

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