Publications & Press

OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2016 Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2016 CONTACT: (773) 478-0534, Rachel Leven OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2016 Report The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has transmitted its first quarter report for 2016 to the City Council and City officials. The report summarizes the Office’s activity from January 1 through March 31, 2016. In his … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 1st Quarter 2016 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from January 1 through March 31, 2016 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. An OIG investigation found that six Chicago Police Department (CPD) members violated CPD rules and regulations in the course of their involvement in CPD’s 2011 reinvestigation of the 2004 homicide of David Koschman. OIG … [Read More…]

City of Chicago Building Inspector Charged with Demanding Bribe From Property Owner in Exchange for Allowing Renovations Without a Permit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO — A building inspector for the City of Chicago was arrested today for allegedly demanding a $300 bribe from a property owner in exchange for allowing renovation work without a permit. ROBERTO URIBE, 55, of Chicago, is charged with attempted extortion for soliciting the bribe from an owner of a two-story … [Read More…]

Follow-Up of DWM and DOF Water Service Inventory and Revenue Audit

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed a follow-up to its June 2015 audit of the City’s Water Service Account Inventory and Revenue. OIG concludes that the Departments of Water Management (DWM) and Finance (DOF) have begun implementation of the corrective actions related to the original audit findings. The purpose of … [Read More…]

Audit of Board of Ethics Lobbyist Registration

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Board of Ethics’s (BOE) lobbyist regulation practices, including how well BOE monitored lobbyist activity and whether it levied fines against late-registering lobbyists. The ordinance pertaining to the regulation of lobbying activity is codified in the Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) § 2-156—also known as … [Read More…]

Chicago Real Estate Developer Convicted on Federal Fraud Charges for Swindling Banks and the City Out of Millions of Dollars in Loans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO — A federal jury today convicted the president of a Chicago real estate firm on fraud charges relating to a $105 million line of credit for city and suburban properties, including a former Goldblatt’s Department Store on the North Side and the Streets of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The fraud perpetrated … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Laurance H. Freed

One February 24, 2016, Laurance H. Freed, the president of Joseph Freed & Associates LLC (JFA),  was convicted on 8 counts including bank fraud, mail fraud, and making a false statement to a financial institution (18 U.S.C. § 1344,1341, and 1014). Freed’s conviction is in connection with a City of Chicago Tax Increment Financing (TIF) … [Read More…]

Inspector General’s Statement Regarding City Council Oversight

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s Statement Regarding City Council Oversight, February 10, 2016 To the Taxpayers and Residents of the City of Chicago: Today the City Council transferred oversight of its members and staff from the Office of Legislative Inspector General to this office. The action brings to close chapters in Chicago’s ignominious ethics history by … [Read More…]

Vice President of Chicago Real Estate Firm Admits Lying to Lender in the Redevelopment of a North Side Department Store

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO — The vice president of a Chicago real estate firm pleaded guilty today to lying to a bank about a public financing note that was issued for the redevelopment of a former Goldblatt’s Department Store in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. CAROLINE WALTERS, the vice president and treasurer of Joseph Freed & … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Caroline Walters

Today, Caroline Walters pled guilty to a single count of making a false statement to a financial institution, (18 U.S.C. § 1014) in connection with a City of Chicago Tax Increment Financing (TIF) note issued for the redevelopment of a former Goldblatt’s Department Store located at 4718 N. Broadway. United States v. Caroline Walters 13-CR-951 … [Read More…]