Jeri L. Wright – daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Wright – has been indicted on charges of money laundering and lying to federal prosecutors.
The charges stem from a 2009 probe into a fraud scheme allegedly orchestrated by former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans and her husband.
Wright is accused of cashing more than $27,800 in checks from a bank account of a non-profit controlled by the Evans. Wright then allegedly deposited $19,888 of that total into the Evans’ personal bank account.
Rather than depositing the money into the Evans’ personal bank account, Jeri Wright claimed the funds represented several months of salary she was owed from working for the Evans’ state-funded non-profit, We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, and that those dollars were used to pay her mortgage and car loan, the indictment alleged.
“I wasn’t giving any money back to Regina,” Jeri Wright told the grand jury in a transcript that was part of the indictment. “I worked.”
But a federal prosecutor pressed her on whether she reported the money on her taxes, which she denied doing.
“I’m still waiting for the 1099,” Jeri Wright said.
“You don’t have to have a 1099 to report it,” the prosecutor countered.
“Well, I know that now,” she responded on the grand jury transcript that was part of Wednesday’s indictment.
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