FBI investigating tax assessment bribes in Cook County

  • Authorities say this photograph shows a Cook County Board of Review employee counting thousands of dollars in bribe money for lowering property assessments. The Sun-Times is not naming the employee and has pixilated his face because he has not been charged.

    Authorities say this photograph shows a Cook County Board of Review employee counting thousands of dollars in bribe money for lowering property assessments. The Sun-Times is not naming the employee and has pixilated his face because he has not been charged. Federal affidavit from U.S. attorney's office in Chicago

 
 
Updated 7/13/2021 4:44 PM

The FBI has been investigating a Cook County Board of Review employee who is alleged to have used his position to lower property assessments in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash bribes, according to a federal court affidavit obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

That employee also said the money would be split with others in the office, insisting, "I'm just the middle guy" and that certain colleagues had factored the cash into vacation plans as the recent Fourth of July holiday approached, according to the 45-page document.

 

The federal probe dates to at least January 2019 and involves an unnamed individual who was secretly cooperating with the feds and is separately under criminal investigation, according to the affidavit.

• For the full story, visit chicago.suntimes.com.

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