After the list of guilty verdicts had been read, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman turned to his wife and the couple exchanged thumbs-ups. Despite the momentary bravado, the guilty verdicts could mean life behind bars for the legendary Mexican drug cartel figure after a jury found him guilty of involvement in not only billion-dollar drug trafficking, but murders, bribery and more.
When it opened more than six year ago, Chicago’s Embeya received rave reviews for its Vietnamese cuisine. When the West Loop eatery suddenly shuttered in 2016, foodies were left wondering what had happened to one of the city’s many culinary bright spots.
It’s the season for holiday celebrations, family get-togethers and year-end reviews. Big Pharma has been wildly successful, as usual, but has also been rocked throughout 2018 with prominent figures being arrested for wire fraud, securities fraud, bribery and more.
The story of Raimundo Atesiano is similar to events we have seen unfold here in Chicago and in many other places around the nation.
The Chicago Tribune reports that rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (his legal name is Daniel Hernandez) was recently taken into custody by federal law enforcement agents. Hernandez and three others are facing federal racketeering and firearms charges.
Those who have been around Chicago for a while undoubtedly recall Operation Greylord, the 1980s investigation into corruption among Cook County judges, cops, court officials and others. One of the prosecutors who headed the undercover operation was Dan Webb, then U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Federal and state officials allege that the drug deals stretched across Chicago, from the South Side to the West Side and Humboldt Park. Authorities say more than two dozen suspects have been charged with a variety of drug trafficking crimes, including distribution of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.
As regular readers of our Chicago criminal law blog know, the Department of Justice has for several years prioritized health care fraud. The DOJ recently announced that a federal grand jury has indicted three more doctors and three employees of a home health care agency on charges of health care fraud.
A Chicago woman was recently accused by federal prosecutors of defrauding the IRS. She and two others allegedly filed false tax returns for clients and then received the refunds.
Chicago’s famous skyline has over the years been dominated by iconic skyscrapers bearing the names of major insurance companies, including the Willis Tower, Aon Center and of course, the John Hancock Center (now known by its 875 North Michigan Avenue address).