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Lake Zurich man, who was a healthcare company CEO, sentenced to year in prison for defrauding Medicare of $1.2 million

A Lake Zurich resident, who was the CEO of a healthcare company, has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for defrauding Medicare out of $1.2 million in a scheme, prosecutors said. Henry Smilie, 61, of Lake Zurich, pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud. Federal prosecutors said Smilie was the owner and chief […]

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4th person charged in Chicago schools scheme in which Waukegan elementary school interim principal was also charged

A sales representative is the fourth person facing charges alongside an interim Waukegan elementary school principal in a fraud scheme involving Chicago Public Schools, prosecutors announced. In mid-February, Waukegan School District 60 Superintendent Theresa Plascencia announced that Whittier Elementary School Interim Principal Jennifer McBride was placed on leave after the district was made aware of […]

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Interim principal at Waukegan elementary school indicted on federal charges in Chicago Public Schools scheme

The interim principal at an elementary school in Waukegan has been put on leave after she was indicted on federal charges for allegedly participating in an overtime fraud scheme in Chicago. Whittier Elementary School Interim Principal Jennifer McBride was placed on leave on Wednesday after the district was made aware of charges against her, according […]

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McHenry woman among numerous charged in scheme to defraud millions of dollars out of federal program

A 29-year-old McHenry woman is among nine people who were charged with participating in a scheme that defrauded millions of dollars from a federal low-income food program, prosecutors said. Marisol Zavala, 29, of McHenry, and eight other Chicago-area convenience store owners and workers were indicted for allegedly scheming to fraudulently redeem checks from the Women, […]

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‘Pandora Papers’ show corruption, money laundering behind the former Motorola property in Harvard

The former Motorola property in Harvard was transferred in two separate international money laundering schemes, newly published documents show.  In the late 1990s, Motorola announced a new phone manufacturing plant in Harvard. The 1.5 million square foot office and plant became the largest building in the region, Politico reported. Motorola said at the time that […]