Another Democratic Party Crook Off to Prison

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Former Illinois State Senator Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery and Tax Offenses

CHICAGO — Former Illinois State Sen. MARTIN A. SANDOVAL pleaded guilty today in federal court in Chicago to bribery and tax offenses included in an information filed in federal court Monday.

Red Light Camera sign.

Sandoval, 56, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to one count of federal program bribery, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of ten years in federal prison, and one count of willfully filing a false income tax return, which is punishable by up to three years. 

As part of a plea agreement, Sandoval has agreed to fully and truthfully cooperate in any matter in which he is called upon by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  [Emphasis added.]

The government requested that Sandoval’s sentencing be delayed until his cooperation is complete.  U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood did not immediately set a sentencing date.

The guilty plea was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the FBI; Kathy A. Enstrom, Special Agent-in-Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago; and Andrea Kropf, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General in Chicago. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher J. Stetler and James P. Durkin.

Sandoval admitted in the plea agreement that he solicited and accepted financial and other benefits from an individual affiliated with a Chicago-area red-light camera company, in return for Sandoval using his official position as a state senator to block legislation harmful to the red-light-camera industry. 

David McSweeney

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State Rep. David McSweeney observes,

“My red light camera ban bill overwhelmingly passed the House in 2015 and was killed in the Senate.

“The corrupt Illinois red light camera program is designed to raise  revenue, not improve safety.

“I hope that I get the opportunity to pass my bill again this session.”

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Sandoval also admitted that he engaged in corrupt activities with other public officials and accepted money from other individuals in return for using his official position to attempt to benefit those individuals and their business interest

Sandoval admitted accepting more than $250,000 in bribes as part of criminal activity that involved more than five participants.

In addition to the bribery, Sandoval admitted that he willfully caused his accountant to file income tax returns that Sandoval knew underreported his income for the calendar years 2012 through 2017. 

Sandoval admitted in the plea agreement that his tax offenses caused a total loss to the IRS of at least $72,441, and a loss to the Illinois Department of Revenue of at least $13,384.38, which he has agreed to pay


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Another Democratic Party Crook Off to Prison — 6 Comments

  1. Get him to give up dirt on Madigan and anyone connected to Madigan as part of his lighter sentence deal—if he doesnt, remember he’s one of the guys that enriched himself off of something that could have been eliminated.

    Please reintroduce the Bill again Mr Sweeney before your departure….

  2. He will join our former govoners making license plates!

    How many more will join the breakfast club?

  3. Thankfully Patrick Kenneally had nothing to do with this prosecution as the Defendant would have been found not guilty or Kenneally would have tried to make a deal which would have resulted in a $100 fine.

    ‘Anybody But Kenneally 2020’

  4. The 4 main tv news stations of Chicago had news stories posted on the internet covering this guy pleading guilty BUT none of them mentioned that he was of the Democrat Party.

    Wonder why.

    The list of Illinois Democrat politicians doing crimes is very, very, very long. The most recent famous Democrat being Rod Blagovich who is now in jail.

    The people of crook county and Illinois prove over and over and over again that they are incredibly dumb in continuing to vote for politicians of the Democrat party.

  5. Well we all know why bred, that’s why I boycott local fake news.

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