And yes, this involves the usual shenanigans in the Democratic Party.
Jeri Lynne Wright has acted as her father’s spokeswoman and met with Obama during the height of the Wright scandal, but she also has other hobbies like stealing money meant for the poor.
The daughter of President Barack Obama’s former pastor was indicted Wednesday on charges of money laundering and lying to federal investigators in an expanding 2009 state grant-fraud case.
Jeri L. Wright, daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was accused of participating in a fraud scheme allegedly orchestrated by former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans and her husband involving a $1.25 million state job-training grant geared toward minorities.
Jeremiah Wright, who retired as pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ in 2008 and is listed on the church website as “pastor emeritus,” became a political liability for Obama and threatened to derail his 2008 presidential bid.
The former pastor served an important role in Obama’s younger life as a spiritual leader and was the minister who presided at his marriage. Wright’s sermons also provided the title for Obama’s second book, “Audacity of Hope.”
But during the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama was forced to cut ties with his longtime pastor when videotape surfaced of Wright’s sermons that were regarded as anti-American and anti-Semitic.
The Sun Times fudges that. Obama defended Wright’s vile bigotry. It was only when Wright refused to keep a low profile that Barack Hussein Obama threw him under his magic hope and change bus.
These are the usual Democratic Party shenanigans.
Jeri Wright’s indictment was part of three indictments returned Wednesday by the grand jury that has been investigating the Evans for allegedly skimming off more than half of the $1.25 million in state grant funds that were to have been used as part of the rehab of the Regal Theater on the South Side.
The third indictment accused Regina Evans and her brother, Rickey McCoy, 52, of Chicago — who was the executive director of We Are Our Brother’s Keeper — of obstructing justice, witness tampering and conspiracy. Additionally, McCoy faces three new counts of money laundering.
The couple had political clout.
State Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) helped them obtain the grant money and in March 2010 urged the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity not to yank their grant funds because of questionable spending.
Trotter, who in his letter described the Evans’ non-profit as a “community necessity,” denied knowledge of any wrongdoing on the Evans’ part when he wrote the letter trying to defend their state grant money.
Trotter faced his own set of legal problems last year when he tried to board a plane with a gun.