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Blagojevich Final Indictment

Blagojevich Final Indictment

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTNORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOISEASTERN DIVISIONUNITED STATES OF AMERICA))No. 08 CR 888v. )Violations: Title 18, Sections)1001(a)(2), 1343, 1346, 1349, 1951(a),ROD BLAGOJEVICH,)and 1962(d)CHRISTOPHER KELLY,) ALONZO MONK,)Judge James B. ZagelWILLIAM F. CELLINI, SR.,)JOHN HARRIS, and)
Superseding Indictment
ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH)
COUNT ONE
The SPECIAL FEBRUARY 2008-2 GRAND JURY charges:1.At times material to this Superseding Indictment:
Relevant Entities and Individuals
a.Defendant ROD BLAGOJEVICH was the Governor of theState of Illinois. He was elected Governor in 2002 and was reelected Governorin 2006. BLAGOJEVICH previously served as a Member of the United StatesHouse of Representatives from the Fifth Congressional District in Illinois.
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Friends of Blagojevich was established in or about June 2000and was a private entity existing under the laws of Illinois as a campaigncommittee for the purpose of supporting the election of ROD BLAGOJEVICH asGovernor of Illinois, and was the principal campaign fundraising vehicle forROD BLAGOJEVICH. Friends of Blagojevich maintained offices at 4147 North
 
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Ravenswood, Chicago, Illinois. Although various individuals, including, attimes, defendant CHRISTOPHER KELLY, Alonzo Monk, and RobertBlagojevich, held the office of chairman of Friends of Blagojevich, at all times theactivities and financial affairs of Friends of Blagojevich were controlled anddirected by ROD BLAGOJEVICH, for whose benefit Friends of Blagojevich wasoperated.c.Defendant CHRISTOPHER KELLY was a Chicago-areabusinessman and a principal campaign fundraiser for defendant RODBLAGOJEVICH. KELLY served as Chairman of Friends of Blagojevich fromin or about early 2004 until in or about August 2005. With the knowledge andpermission of ROD BLAGOJEVICH, KELLY at times exercised substantialinfluence over certain activities of the Office of the Governor.d.Antoin Rezko was a Chicago-area businessman and a principalcampaign fundraiser for defendant ROD BLAGOJEVICH. With the knowledgeand permission of ROD BLAGOJEVICH, Rezko at times exercised substantialinfluence over certain activities of the Office of the Governor.e.Alonzo Monk was a long-time associate of defendant RODBLAGOJEVICH, and among other things served as his general counsel while aMember of Congress, as campaign manager for his 2002 and 2006 gubernatorialcampaigns, on his transition team after his election in November 2002, and as
 
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his Chief of Staff from in or about January 2003 until in or about December2005. Beginning in or about early 2007, Monk worked as a lobbyist, doingbusiness as AM3 Consulting, Ltd. As a lobbyist, Monk principally representedbusinesses with interests involving Illinois state government, includingbusinesses in the horse racing industry. In addition, Monk served as Chairmanof Friends of Blagojevich from in or about December 2006 to in or about July2007.f.Robert Blagojevich is the brother of defendant RODBLAGOJEVICH. Beginning in or about August 2008, Robert Blagojevich servedas the chairman of Friends of Blagojevich.g.Beginning in or about late 2005, John Harris was employedby the State of Illinois as the Chief of Staff to the Governor, defendant RODBLAGOJEVICH.h.Stuart Levine was a member of the Illinois Health FacilitiesPlanning Board and the Board of Trustees of the Teachers' Retirement System.i.The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board (“PlanningBoard”) was a commission of the State of Illinois, established by statute, whosemembers were appointed by the Governor of the State of Illinois. State lawrequired an entity seeking to build a hospital, medical office building, or other

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