Gary E. Matthews, 78, and Monte J. Brannan, 67, both of Peoria, are charged with mail fraud, money laundering conspiracy, and money laundering. The 67-years old suspect faces an additional three counts of concealment of bankruptcy assets. It is unclear if they have acquired legal representation.
The owner of five Illinois child care centers and several of her employees have been charged for their alleged involvement in a fraud scheme that pocketed millions of dollars from a state program meant to help low-income families afford child care.
Aleesha McDowell, 41, of Mokena, IL, is charged with 12 counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. Her employees, who are also charged with various counts of wire fraud in the same indictment, are: Nicole Lacey, 36, of Burnham, IL; Stacy Sims, 43, of Chicago, IL; Janelle Jordan, 40, of Chicago, IL; Lauren Coley, of Phoenix, AZ; Shavon Johnson, 47, of Country Club Hills, IL; and Sean Blunt, 44, of Matteson, IL. Attorney information was not available for any of the defendants.
Emmitt T. Tiner, 53, and Matissia S. Holt, 41, both of O’Fallon, IL, are charged in a 54-count indictment for running an extortion scheme, money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, using a false social security number, and sending threatening communications. Attorney information was not available.
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.
A 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.