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Opening statements underway in Beavers tax evasion trial

Attorneys have begun presenting their opening statements in the tax evasion trial of Cook County Commissioner William Beavers.

Prosecutors are laying the groundwork for the government case that there was no way possible that Beavers’ allegedly illegal use of campaign funds was an oversight, as he has claimed.

Prosecutors made the point that Beavers was first elected to public office in 1983 as a Chicago Alderman.  Prosecutors say he was abundantly familiar with the law when it comes to personal use of campaign funds.

As the only person authorized to write checks on three different campaign funds, Beavers allegedly wrote numerous checks to himself in small increments — $2,000 here, a check for $3,000 there — from 2006 to 2008.  Over that 3-year period, the government says Beavers failed to report these checks totaling $125,000 as taxable income, as required by the Internal Revenue Service.

Prosecutors also allege that as a Cook County Commissioner, Beavers allegedly deposited monthly $1,200 expense reimbursement checks from the county into his own personal account.

Beavers has a formidable defense team in attorneys Sam Adam Sr. and Jr., along with Victor Henderson.  The team said that he immediately repaid his campaign funds and amended his taxes upon realizing that he had made a mistake.

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6 Comments to “Opening statements underway in Beavers tax evasion trial”

    Andy P said:
    March 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    the Big Hog needs his nuts clipped…enough of West Side entitlement

    chicagorich said:
    March 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    He can play stupid right next to rod, jesse jr and sandi in prison….all mutts

    truegrit said:
    March 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    So, if he paid his taxes, late but nevertheless paid, and if he admitted using campaign funds for personal use, why is the government spending money on this stupid trial? There is some truth into what Beavers said about being the fall guy. Wrong is wrong but who puts the government on trial when they commit wrong?

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