During Barack Obama’s first bid for president in 2008, his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright was a magnet for controversy. Wright’s statements and sermons were labeled as anti-American (though some readily agreed with his opinions). Now his daughter is in the negative spotlight.
Jeri Wright has been convicted by a federal jury of laundering thousands from a $1.25 million state grant for a Chicago job-training program, reports The Chicago Tribune.
As we reported last April, Wright had been indicted on allegations that she contributed to the misuse of a $1.25 million state grant. Now a jury has decided she is guilty of 11 counts that included money laundering, lying to federal agents and lying to a grand jury.
Wright said she would “definitely” appeal. “I didn’t do anything,” said Wright, who’s 48 years old.
According to her attorney, Wright was the victim of a scam by longtime friend Regina Evans, an ex-Country Club Hills police chief who has pleaded guilty to corruption in the case. Evans was accused securing a state loan in 2009 for a job-training program for a group called We Are Our Brother’s Keepers but instead diverted the funds for personal use.
Prosecutor Timothy Bass claims Wright personally received up to $11,000 in cash from more than $30,000 in checks and sent money back to Evans, thus committing the crime of money laundering.