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...State Sen. Thomas Cullerton charged with getting paid by Teamsters while doing little to no work
Cullerton, 49, of Villa Park, faces 41 counts in a federal indictment alleging he illegally got about $188,000 in salary and benefits, and $64,000 in health and pension contributions.
Illinois State Sen. Thomas E. Cullerton has been indicted on charges he allegedly got a salary and benefits from the Teamsters while doing little to no work, federal authorities said Friday.
Cullerton was hired as a supposed union organizer for the Teamsters in March 2013.
From then until February 2016, Cullerton got $188,320 in salary, bonuses, and cellphone and vehicle allowances, as well as $64,068 in health and pension contributions, according to the indictment, while routinely ignoring his job duties.
He even got a bonus every December for three years, the indictment alleges.
Cullerton, 49, of Villa Park and a Democrat who represents northeastern DuPage County, is charged with one count of conspiracy to embezzle from a labor union and an employee benefit plans as well as 39 counts of embezzlement from a labor union. He also faces one count of making false statements in a health care matter.
The indictment comes days after Teamster boss John T. Coli pleaded guilty in federal court to shaking down a Chicago film studio for $325,000 in cash payments. Coli agreed to cooperate with all federal investigations as part of his plea deal with prosecutors.
The feds allege Cullerton conspired with Coli to set up the do-nothing job. When one of Cullertons supervisors complained that Cullerton didnt show up to work, Coli ignored it, the feds allege....
Edited by InterestedBystander, 02 August 2019 - 11:12 AM.