Press Releases

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Abd Ayesh

On January 27th, 2015, former Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) tax and license compliance supervisor Abd Ayesh pleaded guilty to official misconduct and theft of cigarette cartons confiscated by BACP. The Circuit Court of Cook County sentenced Ayesh to two years of probation to include the completion of the Treatment Alternative for … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Elizabeth Perino

On December 18th, 2014, Elizabeth Perino was charged for federal indictment with mail and wire fraud for her part in defrauding the City of Chicago MWBE program. The indictment, which followed a joint investigation by OIG and FBI, alleges that Perino, through her company, Perdel Contracting Company, acted as a pass-through on a multi-million dollar … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Martin O’Malley

Significant Activity Report:United States of America v. Martin O’Malley 14-CR-315-2 (U.S.D.C. ND IL) On December 10, 2014, Martin O’Malley entered a voluntary plea of guilty for conspiracy to commit federal program bribery, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371. In entering this plea O’Malley agrees that he conspired to corruptly solicit and to accept cash payments and other personal … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Guy Potter and Matthew Giovenco

Significant Activity Report:United States of America v. Guy Potter and Matthew Giovenco 11-CR-316 (U.S.D.C. ND IL) On December 9, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed thedistrict court’s rulings in the case of United States v. Guy Potter and Matthew Giovenco 11-CR-316 (U.S.D.C. ND IL). The appellants, Guy Potter and … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Daniel Rankins

Significant Activity Report: United States of America v. Daniel Rankins 13-CR-331 (U.S.D.C. ND IL) On December 1, 2014, Daniel Rankins pled guilty to devising or intending to devise a scheme and participating in a scheme to defraud the City of Chicago in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 157.  Rankins faces a maximum sentence of up to five … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Lennie Perry, et al.

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v. Lennie Perry, et al., 14CR-18627 (Cir. Ct. of Cook Cty) On October 30, 2014, Lennie Perry, a former Pool Motor Truck Driver for the City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, was arraigned on an indictment returned by a Cook County grand jury on October 17, 2014. The … [Read More…]

OIG Releases 3rd Quarter 2014 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from July 1 through September 30, 2014 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. OIG notified the Chicago Police Department that certain routine human resource practices might lead to the improper issuance of retirement credentials to retiring exempt members who are not eligible to receive them. … [Read More…]

Review of Red Light Camera Program Management

This review of the City of Chicago Red-Light Camera (RLC) program was conducted at the request of the Mayor and the City Council. The primary objectives of the review were to, develop an understanding of and evaluate historical management of the RLC program, examine whether historical and current vendors and camera systems operate in accordance … [Read More…]

OIG Ordinance Amended To Include Interested Sister Agencies

On October 8, 2014, the Chicago City Council approved amendments to Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) 2-56 proposed by the Emanuel Administration that expands the jurisdictional authority of the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General to the City’s “sister agencies.” Under the new law, interested sister agencies – such as the Public Building Commission, … [Read More…]

Chicago used car broker and taxicab operator arrested on federal charges

On September 29 the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Inspector General for the City of Chicago announced the arrest of Alexander Igolnikov. The indictment alleges that between 2007 and April 2010 Ignolikov conspired with three unnamed auto brokers, … [Read More…]