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pexels-karolina-grabowska-4197564-300x200A Chicago businessman faces charges for allegedly swindling more than $2.6 million from two hospitals that ordered personal protective equipment (PPE) from his biotechnology company.

Dennis Haggerty, 44, of Burr Ridge, IL, was arrested and charged in federal court on Tuesday with one count of wire fraud. Attorney information was not available at the time of writing.

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bbc-creative-1w20Cysy1cg-unsplash-300x200A grand jury has indicted four owners of daycare businesses in Chicago for allegedly defrauding a state child care subsidy program out of more than $1 million.

Named in the indictments are Tarnavis A. Lee, 41, owner of Lee’s Toddler Town, Inc.; Demetra M. Jackson, 41, owner of Jitter Bugs, Inc.; Elizabeth McFarland, 46, owner of Tater Tots, Inc.; and LaShanda Hudson, 39, owner of a daycare business in her name. The four women are charged with multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. It is unclear if they have acquired legal representation.

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patrick-tomasso-GXXYkSwndP4-unsplash-300x225A suburban Chicago restaurateur is facing fraud charges after she allegedly fraudulently obtained more than $175,000 in loans for her defunct business from a federal coronavirus (COVID-19) relief fund.

Melissa Turasky, 43, of Lake in the Hills, IL, was charged with one count of bank fraud and one count of making false statements to a financial institution. It is unclear if she has acquired the services of an attorney.

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lance-anderson-uevmkfCH98Q-unsplash-300x200The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced charges last week against the CEO of two Evanston-based software companies for allegedly filing loan applications that fraudulently sought more than $400,000 from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Rahul Shah of Evanston was charged with bank fraud and making false statements to a financial institution. His initial appearance in court has not yet been scheduled. Attorney information wasn’t available.

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bills-cash-collection-47344-300x212In the early hours of January 10, 2017, Zhimin Peng of Chicago was traveling through Boone County, Missouri when he was pulled over by Deputy Patrick Richardson. Peng had been driving his rental car at 94 mph. Together with Peng in the car was Ting Wei Huang. They told Richardson that they were on a short break from college and were traveling from Chicago to San Francisco.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Halford soon joined Richardson. Halford obtained permission to search Huang’s possessions. When Halford opened a bag in the trunk, he saw it contained a large amount of cash. Another officer, Kevin Purdy of the Columbia Police Department arrived with his drug dog, Duncan; the dog alerted officers to the odor of narcotics in several bags in the trunk. The bags contained nearly $627,000 in cash.
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