February 24, 2015

USA: Daughter of Reverend Wright Who Was President Obama's Pastor For 20 Years Arrested After Breaking Bail Conditions On Charity Money-Laundering Embezzling Case By Committing Another Theft.

Chicago Tribune
Daughter of former Obama pastor sent to jail after new allegations surface
written by Ray Long
Monday February 23, 2015

The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of President Barack Obama, was sent to jail Monday by a federal judge who revoked her bond in a money laundering case.

Jeri Wright, 49, of Hazel Crest, was convicted last March of 11 corruption counts, including money laundering and lying to a grand jury, in a case tied to a state grant. Her father, a lightning rod in Obama’s 2008 campaign, was not involved in the case.

Federal prosecutors on Monday argued that her bond should be revoked, alleging she had participated in a ghost payrolling scheme at a private company in Indiana after her money laundering conviction. She has not been charged based on the ghost payrolling allegations, but the judge ruled there was probable cause for such a case in Indiana.

U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough rejected the argument by Wright’s attorney that she had performed the work for the Indiana company and ordered her taken into custody.

Wright removed her earrings, handed them to her attorney and left the courtroom in handcuffs.

Her sentencing in the money laundering case was moved up to March 20. It had been set for April 3. In that case, she was accused of taking as much as $11,000 as part of a scam involving Regina Evans, the former Country Club Hills police chief, who was sentenced to five years in prison. Evans had acquired a $1.25 million state grant secured in part to train people in bricklaying and electrical skills, but she went on a spending spree.

Since Wright’s conviction, she received $8,192 under the auspices of working at Berry Plastics in Franklin, Ind., prosecutors said. But Wright and others, including a former plant manager, were involved in a scheme in which she got paid as a temporary worker but actually didn’t do anything, prosecutors said.

On Monday, Wright offered some emails containing sparse information in an attempt to buttress her position that she did do work, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Bass quickly poked holes in the argument. That included quizzing a company comptroller, who testified on Friday and Monday that Wright wasn’t a legitimate employee and was not seen at the small plant.

Bass said the Indiana allegations were similar to the money laundering case.

“She received the money, and she spent it,” Bass said.

Wright’s attorney, Victor Henderson, asked the judge to consider putting Wright on house arrest until she is sentenced in the money laundering case. Myerscough said she wanted to avoid revoking the bond, but she ruled Wright should be locked up. The judge said she would reconsider if evidence surfaced that showed Wright actually had done any work for the Indiana firm.
written by Lee Ferran and Brian Ross
April 13, 2013

The daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama's controversial former pastor, has been accused of laundering money in an alleged $1.25 million fraud led by an ex-police chief in Illinois.

Jeri L. Wright, 47, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for allegedly accepting $28,000 from former police chief Regina Evans and her husband, ex-police officer Ronald Evans, for Wright's supposed work related to the Evanses' not-for-profit program called We Are Our Brother's Keeper. Approximately $20,000 of that money, however, found its way back into bank accounts controlled by the Evanses, prosecutors said.

According to a release from the Department of Justice, Wright was playing a part in a scheme by the Evanses to misuse a $1.25 million state grant that had been awarded to the not-for-profit program in 2009.

We Are Our Brother's Keeper was supposed to spend the money on training up to 40 participants in bricklaying and electrical work at a Regal Theater also owned by the Evanses, but the indictment alleges that "little, if any, of the training provided in the grant agreement was ever completed."

The Evanses have been charged with more than 10 fraud-related counts. In addition to the alleged money laundering, Wright stands accused of making false statements to federal law enforcement officers and lying to a grand jury. If convicted, Wright could face potentially decades in prison.

Regina Evan's attorney has reportedly claimed the couple didn't do anything wrong. Jeri Wright could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright: US to Blame for 9/11

In March 2008 ABC News reported inflammatory, anti-American comments made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright during his sermons at Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side -- sermons long-attended by President Obama in the years before his election.

Among his more controversial comments was his claim that the U.S. was to blame for the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks "because [of] the stuff we've done overseas."

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