Cook County Commissioner Beavers found guilty in tax evasion case

A jury found Cook County Commissioner William Beavers guilty on all four counts in his tax evasion case.

He was convicted on one count of corruptly impeding the Internal Revenue Service and three counts of filing a false federal income tax return for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Federal prosecutors say Beavers spent $226,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses and never paid taxes on it.

They say Beavers also failed to pay taxes on $69,000 in campaign contributions that he placed in a city retirement fund in 2006, in order to more than double his monthly pension.

The defense argued that Beavers amended his tax returns and paid some of the money back to the campaign, in order to prove that it was a loan.

Beavers had claimed that the FBI is only targeting him because he refused to be a “stool pigeon.”

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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