Rev. Wright’s Daughter Stands Trial on State Grant Scam Allegations

Ray Long, Chicago Tribune, March 4, 2014

The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the ex-pastor of President Barack Obama, stood trial Tuesday on federal charges of laundering thousands of dollars from a $1.25 million state grant for a Chicago-based job-training program for African Americans and Latinos.

Prosecutors say Jeri L. Wright, 48, of Hazel Crest, received a portion of the money from a grant secured by longtime friend Regina Evans, the corrupt former Country Club Hills police chief who has pleaded guilty to fraud, money laundering and witness tampering.

Wright allegedly did little or no work for Evans’ program, received checks worth more than $30,000 and allowed part of that money to be returned into accounts controlled by Evans.

Authorities allege Wright took out as much as $11,000 in cash, though she may have pocketed less.

“This case, in two words, is about stealing and lying,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Bass during opening statements in Springfield’s U.S. District Court.

John Taylor, Wright’s attorney, challenged the charges, saying Evans “abused, tricked and deceived” Wright.

Wright, who has pleaded not guilty, faces 11 criminal charges, ranging from two money laundering counts to allegations of lying repeatedly to federal authorities and grand jurors. Her father, Rev. Wright, whose preaching became a lightning rod during Obama’s first presidential campaign, is not part of the case.

Evans applied for the $1.25 million job-training grant in February 2009 for a group called We Are Our Brother’s Keepers. The proposal called for 40 people to get training in bricklaying and electrician skills.

Within months, Evans began tapping the funds for what Bass called a “spending spree,” including a trip to Las Vegas, a basement remodeling and the purchase of vehicles for a security business with her husband.


{snip} The proposal won letters of support from Sen. Donne Trotter, a Chicago Democrat who long served as the Senate’s budget point man, and from then-Rep. Marlow Colvin, a Chicago Democrat who once headed the House Black Caucus and is now a lobbyist.

The letters, presented by prosecutors as evidence to the jury, noted the grant would help pay “stage hands” at the South Side’s Regal Theater, which Evans owned with her husband, Ronald.

Shortly after the state approved the grant, though, state overseers noticed Evans’ $2 million loan on the Regal Theater was in foreclosure.

Evans later admitted when she pleaded guilty that she concealed her financial status and her intent to use the state grant toward making delinquent loan payments.

Even after state officials quizzed Evans about the grant, Sen. Trotter fought state officials when they pressed to get some of the money back, prosecutors said. In a letter to state officials, Trotter wrote he was “concerned” because the Evans program had foresight, insight, depth and a “measurable positive impact.” Trotter was not on the Senate floor for session on Tuesday and did not return calls seeking comment.

By spring 2010, Evans began dodging state attempts to get answers for how she had spent more than $900,000 and the matter “really kind of started to smell—to put it nicely,” said Karen Norington-Reaves, who served shortly as top deputy in the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


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  • thomas edward

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    • Max

      You mean the watermelon doesn’t…well, you get the idea.

    • John K

      Nor the turd from the sphincter…..

  • Max

    Just one more reminder of the benefits of diversity from the “spiritual advisor” to the most transparent administration ever.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Nice to see Wright, his daughter and his ex-flunkie Obama take their “Christian” (cough cough) faith so seriously.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Jeremiah Wright is a vicious white hater. His daughter must have multiple character defects as well.

  • Dave4088

    The daughter of Jeremiah was as bullfrog Wright looks like she can’t outrun her black African DNA. Daddy Wright gives sermons on the evils of white America and how the dastardly white man poses a clear and present danger to the saintly black race, yet used church funds to build a big mansion in a neighborhood that is comprised of 94% evil white people.

    We’re supposedly so bad, but afro-mericans still follow us EVERYWHERE.

  • Jesse James

    Theft from white institutions and government programs is black America’s premiere growth industry.

  • TheAntidote

    Perhaps this is part of dee daddy’s keynote sermon, ‘The Audacity of Hope’.

  • DaveMed

    What is it with Blacks having no idea what the source of “my brother’s keeper” is? It is not an exhortation to flush money down a bottomless pit; it was a snarky response by Cain to God.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    All dat Sunday learnin……

  • Spartacus

    This is what happens when you give gr0ids money…

  • Whitetrashgang

    Finally the Wrights did something that at least makes some kind of sense, they didn’t even spend any of the money on hair weaves and rims as far as we know.

    • Mergatroyd

      Within months, Evans began tapping the funds for what Bass called a ‘spending spree,’ including a trip to Las Vegas, a basement remodeling and the purchase of vehicles for a security business with her husband.

      Hopefully, like Jackson Jr. the loot will be inventoried and made public for all to see. I’m sure there are a lot of ridiculous items she bought on that $11,000 ‘spending spree.’

  • libertarian1234

    I wish an investigative reporter like Colin Flaherty would dig into how many black police and politicians have been caught doing something illegal. I’m pretty sure it will reflect about the same rate of crime of the general black population…… which is out of sight.

    Too, I wonder if Wright told his moronic daughter that the “Chickens have come home to roost.”

    “SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge Monday set March 24 as the sentencing date for former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans, who could face more than 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to state grant fraud, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
    Federal prosecutors are recommending a 121-month sentence and could seek up to $1.2 million in restitution for Evans, who appeared briefly in court Monday, dressed in a red jump suit with her once well-groomed hair looking matted and disheveled.”

    • MBlanc46

      Here in northeast Illinois, we could stock an entire parade with them. It’s just one after another.

    • Wow! On 121 months, she’ll have to serve a minimum of 106, and with any sentence of more than 10 years, an inmate is not camp-eligible; they’re considered an escape risk. As a ex-cop, she may well have to serve her time in protective custody, which typically means 23-hour lockdown; not fun! Of course when she finally is released, she’ll never be able to work in any sort of law-enforcement capacity again; not even private security.

      I can’t imagine wanting money that much. It’s nice to have, but freedom is better.

  • libertarian1234

    They weren’t even clever about it…….of course.

    They left a trail that even a black bookkeeper could follow.

    • FransSusan

      I doubt if they even have to be clever about it…or even cover up their larceny. They’re black so it doesn’t matter if they take what they want. They might do a little time for it, but when they get out all the ill-gotten gains will be there waiting on them. Do these types ever have to pay back anything?

      • Typically they do. The feds are doing a major clawback of Jesse Jackson Junior’s ill-gotten goods and are auctioning it off. The usual deal is that the perp has to pay back the money he embezzled and then ALSO forfeit everything he bought with stolen money. There’s also a “one-drop” rule about bank accounts and other assets: if any stolen money went through a bank account or was used to pay a mortgage, etc. then that dirty money is considered to have contaminated the account or the property, and the perp loses that, too.

        The feds play a rough game when it comes to financial crimes.

        • FransSusan

          Well, well. I’m glad to hear it. I’m really surprised that the feds, especially, are harsh with blacks in these cases. They’re the magic negroes who do no wrong, just like Obama.

  • Luca

    Letting a negro oversee a vast sum of money is like letting a hungry pit bull guard a butcher shop. It’s only a matter of time.

  • Lewis33

    I can’t believe 15 comments and nobody said it yet…Looks like Jeri’s chicken… have come home to roost!

  • John K

    She will likely say, “I din’ do nuffin'”, and they’ll drop all charges. Then Obama can crawl out from under his rock to tell us the authorities “acted stupidly”.

    • Lt_Greyman_NVA

      There is always the Presidential Pardon

      • Alexandra1973

        Yeah, I’m kind of wondering who’s going to be getting pardons come 2017.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    a $1.25 million state grant……… We Are Our Brother’s Keeper was supposed to spend the money on training up to 40 participants in bricklaying and electrical work

    $1.25 million to train 40 people? That’s just as much a crime as Wright’s daughter stealing it.

    I’m sure her father told her that the White man stole that money through unearned slave labor and she was justified in taking it back for reparations.

    Chickens ==> Roost

  • MBlanc46

    Ah come on, this is just business as usual in black run municipalities. What are those federal grants for except for the homies to divvy up? How else is a Negro going to make him (or her) some money?

  • Reverend Bacon

    Wright: The “Brother’s Keeper” program is now bankrupt, and my daughter got caught with her paw in the till.

    Wright’s Disciple: No problem, Rev. I will just dump another $200 Million into another program just like it. Try to keep the embezzlement to a minimum, though. I’d like at least 25% of the money to go to the actual bloods and crips that voted for me.

    Wright: OK, Barry, sure. You did at least remember to rename this program so no one would catch on, right? Barry? Hello?

    Wright’s Disciple: (long silence, then) Oops.

  • Truth Teller

    There was a congressional committee thing with Darrel Issa presiding on Fox yesterday. Some old codger of a black congressman was all angry and ranting and raving. This is a US congressman. He spoke ebonics all garbled, grunting and barely understandable. He sounded like those old black druggy drunks begging and babbling outside a 7-11. Hopefully when the South manages to separate the Whites will put him somewhere appropriate.

    • Irishgirl

      Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

    • Luca

      A stellar performance of sub-Saharan low IQ, uncontrolled anger, arrogance and ignorance.

      He had the temperament of a 3-year old who couldn’t have a lollipop. This is black “leadership” for you.

      He should have been issued some form of discipline for disrupting the protocol or decorum. Issa should have made an example of him.

  • Truth Teller

    Just a drop in the endless ocean of White taxpayers money poured into the ocean of ‘helping the blacks” since LBJ’s anti poverty program. If I were a conspiracy I would think that Kennedy was murdered specifically so commie stooge LBJ could impose his programs.
    The worst thing about all these programs is that commie activists get the jobs in the non profits and have offices, phones, computers, printers and salaries to support themselves while advancing the revolution.

  • 2eRep

    Great news, is anyone surprised, TNB.

  • Cid Campeador

    IT shows you what hypocrites they are screwing over their own people.

    • They don’t see it that way because they can always pitch a fit for more money from white taxpayers. Hasn’t the Democrat party spent the last 50 years – ever since LBJ’s “Great Society” – teaching them exactly that lesson?