Champaign White-Collar Crime Blog

December 15th, 2016

Former congressman Aaron Schock pleads not guilty to felony charges

Thirty-five-year-old former Representative Aaron Schock (Republican of Illinois) has maintained his innocence ever since federal prosecutors charged him with 24-count indictment in November, pleading not guilty last Monday, December 12 to two dozen counts of felony corruption, including wire and mail fraud, stealing government funds, filing false tax returns, and falsifying federal campaign forms. Federal...

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July 21st, 2016

Former director of Tri-County Action Commission pleads not guilty

Sixty-year-old West Union Township resident Denise Birt pleaded not guilty on Friday, July 15 in relation to charges that she mismanaged the organization’s fund. Birt is the former director of the Tri-County Action Commission, a non-profit organization that provides services to people living in Logan, Champaign, and Shelby counties. Birt’s five-count indictment includes three third-degree felonies – securing...

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January 18th, 2014

Beanie Babies founder could be jailed for tax evasion

Sixty-nine-year-old Beanie Babies creator H. Ty Warner pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges on Tuesday, January 14 in a Chicago, Illinois federal court room for evading $25 million in taxes on income that he kept in Swiss national bank accounts. Warner is facing up to five years of imprisonment. He joins the list of high-profile...

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