3 Counts Dismissed In Bribery Conspiracy Case Involving Ex-Clerk

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CHICAGO — A federal decide Friday tossed out a number of bribery expenses in opposition to a Pennsylvania businessman accused of conspiring to bribe former Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.

Donald Donagher, 68, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and his debt-collection company, Penn Credit, have been indicted in March 2019 on one rely of conspiracy to commit bribery and 5 counts of federal program bribery.

Federal prosecutors alleged Donagher bribed courtroom clerks in Cook County and three counties in Florida. He and his company contributed hundreds of {dollars} to accounts linked to Brown and her marketing campaign and supplied items that have been “intended to influence and reward” the previous clerk, in keeping with the fees. Brown is recognized as “Clerk A” within the indictment. She has not been criminally charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

At a listening to Friday, U.S. District Judge John Lee granted a request from Donagher’s attorneys to dismiss three of the bribery counts and components of the conspiracy cost regarding marketing campaign contributions.

The decide allowed the other bribery counts to face, and prosecutors have the choice of re-filing the dismissed expenses, in keeping with the Chicago Tribune. Lee mentioned the counts related to marketing campaign contributions didn’t sufficiently allege an (*3*), the Chicago Sun-Times reported.


In office since 2000 and beneath federal investigation beginning in 2014 or earlier, Brown didn’t run for re-election final year. Former State Sen. Iris Martinez received the Democratic Party main in March and was sworn in December after receiving 73 % of the vote within the normal election.

Prior to her departure, federal corruption investigations into Brown’s office resulted in convictions for 2 of Brown’s aides.

Former worker Sivasubramani Rajaram pleaded responsible to perjury and was sentenced to 3 years of probation after making false statements to investigators a few $15,000 bribe disguised as a mortgage to Goat Masters Corporation, a business owned by Brown and her husband.

Then in December 2019, former Associate Clerk Beena Patel was sentenced to 2 years in federal jail after a jury discovered her responsible of mendacity to a federal grand jury investigating allegations Brown’s office operated a bribes-for-jobs scheme.

Prosecutors mentioned the pair’s false testimony thwarted the probe into corruption and bribery schemes in Brown’s office.

Prior to Patel’s sentencing, the presiding decide reportedly commented that there was clearly “somethin funny happening in the clerk’s office.”

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