George Ryan Corruption Scandal

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Date Originated: January of 2001
Categories: Business & Economy, Laws & Crime, George Ryan, Illinois & Government Employees
After a decade long investigation, George Ryan was charged with 22-counts of federal indictment. The charges included racketeering, bribery, extortion, money laundering and tax fraud. The indictment alleged that Ryan steered several state contracts to Warner and other friends; disbursed campaign funds to relatives and to pay personal expenses; and obstructed justice by attempting to end the state investigation of the license-for-bribes scandal. He was charged with lying to investigators and accepting cash, gifts and loans in return for his official actions as governor. On April 17th, 2006, after months of a trial, Ryan was found guilty on all counts. Ultimately, he was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in minimum security prison.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Ryan#Scandals.2C_trial.2C_and_conviction
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