A man who admitted to perpetrating frauds and being a longtime drug addict is to appear before a federal judge for sentencing in a corruption case linked to imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Stuart Levine pleaded guilty in 2006 to mail fraud and money laundering as part of a scheme with Blagojevich crony Tony Rezko to solicit kickbacks.
The millionaire turned shopping-mall salesman testified for prosecutors during the corruption trials of Rezko and longtime powerbroker William Cellini.
Levine entered his guilty plea in hopes of getting a 5 ½-year prison term. He theoretically faces a maximum life sentence.
During trials of Rezko and Cellini, Levine admitted he used narcotics for decades. He also described cheating a deceased friend's estate out of $2 million.
Levine was a Teachers' Retirement System board member.