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Revenue Inspector Sentenced To 12 Months Probation For Extortion

A former Revenue Inspector for the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve to 12 months’ probation as a result of his conviction of extortion under color of official right. ELIAS GARZA, 55, of Chicago pled guilty in February 2011 to a … [Read More…]

Audit of BACP Taxicab Medallion Auctions and Safety Inspections

Taxicab regulation generates a significant amount of revenue for the City, in 2013 medallion transfer fees alone generated $6.5 million. OIG’s audit examined taxicab regulation during 2013, focusing on the medallion auction process and taxicab safety inspections. In 2013 the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) held the first medallion auction since 2010, when it … [Read More…]

Follow-Up Report on DSS Garbage Service Enforcement

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has concluded a follow up to its June 2014 audit of the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s (DSS) enforcement of Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) § 7-28-240 regarding eligibility for City garbage collection service. OIG concludes that DSS has not implemented corrective actions related to the … [Read More…]

Follow-Up Report on CFD Fire and Medical Incident Response Times

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General has completed a follow-up to its October 2013 audit of the Chicago Fire Department’s (CFD) fire and medical incident response times. The purpose of the 2013 audit was to determine if CFD fire and medical response times met National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1710, which CFD historically claimed … [Read More…]

350Green Executives Indicted For Scheming To Defraud Chicago and Others Of Grant Funds

Owners of a green tech startup company that installed and maintained charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles were indicted on March 3rd, 2015, by a federal grand jury for allegedly engaging in a scheme to fraudulently obtain federal and state grant funds, from the City of Chicago, the State of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, … [Read More…]

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…]

OIG Releases 4th Quarter 2014 Report

Highlights from OIG activity from October 1 through December 31, 2014 are summarized below. A link to the full report is provided here. a recent guilty plea in a federally charged kickback scheme relating to the City’s former red-light camera vendor, the recent state court indictment of a former City tow truck driver charged with … [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…]

2015 Audit Plan of the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General

The 2015 Audit Plan for the OIG’s Audit & Program Review Section is posted here. If you have suggestions for the 2015 plan, or would like to register your comments and concerns of the 2015 plan, please fill out the form available at this link.

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…]