Jeri Wright, Daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Convicted in Fraud Scheme (WGN-TV Screengrab)
Jeri Wright, daughter of President Obama’s ex-pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was convicted on Friday of money laundering from a $1.25 million state grant for a Chicago-are job-training program. A federal jury took less than two hours to find Jeri Wright guilty on all counts for her part in the fraud scheme led by the ex-police chief for Country Club Hills and her husband.
The grant was for a not-for-profit work and education program called We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, which was owned by Regina Evans and her husband Ronald Evans, Jr. The couple had already pleaded guilty for their roles in the fraud scheme.
According to media reports, Jeri Wright, a close friend of the couple, took as much as $11,000 from checks worth more than $30,000, which was supposed to be for work related to the grant. Prosecutors say about $20,000 was deposited in back into accounts controlled by Regina Evans and her husband.
Jeri Wright was also convicted of making false statements to law enforcement officers, giving false testimony to a grand jury. She faces up to 20 years in prison for money laundering and five years in prison on the other counts. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 7.
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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.