Public Reports

OIG 2018 APR Draft Audit Plan

The OIG 2018 Draft APR Audit Plan is posted here. We encourage the public to submit suggestions anytime by emailing us at,, or through the OIG website.    

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Timothy Mason

On September 22, 2017, former City of Chicago Department of Transportation contractor Timothy Mason was sentenced to a two year term of imprisonment and a one year supervised release, for a mail fraud scheme. Restitution will be set on October 12, 2017. Mason was charged with mail fraud in violation of the Illinois Criminal Code, … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: State of Illinois v Leon Brown

On September 6, 2017, following a one day bench trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, Leon Brown, a former employee of the City of Chicago, was found guilty on all 6 counts, including 2 counts of bribery (720 ILCS 5/33-1(d)(e)) and 4 counts of official misconduct (720 ILCS 5/33-3(b)(d)). State of Illinois … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v Laurance Freed

On August 21, 2017, Laurance Freed, President of Joseph Freed & Associates LLC, was sentenced to three years in prison in connection with a fraud scheme related to a $105 million line of credit secured by city and suburban properties. The fraud scheme also involved the theft of millions of dollars from Freed’s business partner, … [Read More…]

OIG Review of the City’s Collective Bargaining Agreements

This year, the City and its unionized workforce will negotiate new collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). The terms and conditions of employment for over 90 percent of the more than 30,000 City workers, ranging from salary schedules and vacation policies to staffing rules and disciplinary procedures, will be on the table. Such an opportunity to reassess … [Read More…]

Progress Report on the Procurement Reform Task Force

  On May 27, 2015, Mayor Rahm Emanuel convened the Chicago Procurement Reform Task Force (PRTF). PRTF was co-chaired by the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) and the Inspector General (OIG) for the City of the Chicago, and included the CEO, Executive Director, or Chancellor of six of the City’s sister agencies: the Chicago Public Schools … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Timothy Mason

On May 02, 2017, Timothy Mason, owner of green tech startup 350Green LLC, pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining over $1.7 million in federal grants. United States v. Timothy Mason, et al., 15 CR 102 (ND IL). 350Green installed and maintained charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles in Chicago and elsewhere. As part of a 2010 … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Roberto Uribe

On March 28, 2017, former City of Chicago Building Inspector Roberto Uribe was sentenced to a two year term of probation, including 6 months of home confinement during non-working hours, for soliciting a bribe from a building owner. United States v. Roberto Uribe, 16-CR-228 (ND IL). In October 2016, Uribe pleaded guilty to one count of … [Read More…]

Significant Activity Report: United States v. Elizabeth Perino

On March 16, 2017, former City of Chicago contractor Elizabeth Perino was sentenced to a year and a day term of federal imprisonment for defrauding the City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) program. United States v. Elizabeth Perino, 11-CR-492 (ND IL). In June of 2016, a jury returned guilty verdicts against Perino on three … [Read More…]

Significant Activity: City of Chicago Settlement with RedFlex

On February 03, 2017, the RedFlex Traffic Systems, Inc. and Redflex Holdings, Ltd. agreed to pay $20 million in restitution and compensatory damages to the City of Chicago. The settlement followed a years long investigation into allegations of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery in association with the City’s red-light camera program. Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s statement … [Read More…]