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Obama corruption buddies sentencing scorecard, June 16, 2012, Ali Ata, Bill Cellini, Stuart Levine, Amrish Mahajan defendant in 2 lawsuits

Obama corruption buddies sentencing scorecard, June 16, 2012, Ali Ata, Bill Cellini, Stuart Levine, Amrish Mahajan defendant in 2 lawsuits

“Why did the Illinois Senate Health & Human Services Committee, with Obama as chairman, create and push Bill 1332, “Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act,” early in 2003, which reduced the number of members on the Board from 15 to 9, just prior to rigging by Tony Rezko and Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

“Ata also donated $5,000 to Obama’s campaign in 2003 and Rezko asked Ata to make straw donation to Obama’s campaign for $10,000″…Tony Rezko trial

“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren

Stuart Levine who was heavily enmeshed in Chicago corruption with Tony Rezko, with ties to Barack Obama, and Ali Ata and Bill Cellini are all still awaiting sentencing.

Ali Ata’s sentencing has been postponed until mid July.

Bill Cellini recently had a heart attack and his sentencing has been delayed until July 2, 2012.

Stuart Levine is still scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, 2012.

From the Tony Rezko trial.

“Ata was very close with Tony Rezko, visiting Rezko’s Chicago office at least once a week to discuss business. Ata recently pleaded guilty to charges of tax fraud and lying to FBI agents about Rezko’s influence. Today Ata is testifying about his relationship with Rezko.

Born and raised in Jordan, Ata, 56, moved to the U.S. in 1970 to go to college at UIC in Chicago. Ata first became friends with Rezko after Ata was let go from his job as a chemical engineer in 2001. Ata testified that a few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks FBI agents visited him at his work to question him. Ata shares the same last name as one of the 9/11 hijackers. Two weeks after the FBI’s visit, Ata’s employer offered him an early retirement package. Ata called it “devastating.”

As part of his plea agreement, Ata has agreed to testify against Rezko in exchange for a lighter prison sentence of 12-18 months (The maximum sentence was eight years).

Ata says in 2002 he donated $50,000 to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign. In return Tony Rezko secured Ata a position as the head of the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA). Between 2003-2004 Ata says he contributed $125,000 to Blagojevich’s campaign based on requests from Rezko.
Ata also donated $5,000 to Obama’s campaign in 2003 and Rezko asked Ata to make straw donation to Obama’s campaign for $10,000, he said. The Democratic presidential candidate has donated Rezko-related contributions to charity.

Ata says Rezko was part of the “kitchen cabinet” of close advisers to the governor and had an extreme amount of political influence. At a fundraiser for Blagojevich, Ata says the governor thanked him for his support and contributions and then told him that Ata’s new state job at IFA “would be a job where I (Ata) could make some money.”

A source close to the trial says Ata’s testimony will be the “nail in the coffin” for the jury to convict Rezko on charges of fraud, money laundering and attempted extortion.”

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,335592,00.html

From the Chicago SunTimes

February 10, 2008

“In the media, Obama always made it sound like he rarely saw Rezko, saying they met for breakfast or lunch once or twice a year. However, the FBI mole John Thomas helped investigators “build a record of repeat visits to the old offices of Rezko and former business partner Daniel Mahru’s Rezmar Corp., at 853 N. Elston, by Blagojevich and Obama during 2004 and 2005,“

March 14, 2008 interview.

In reference to FBI mole John Thomas:

“recently told us that he saw you coming and going from Rezko’s office a lot.”

And of course, Amrish Mahajan, is a defendant in 2 lawsuits involving Mutual Bank, the bank that loaned Rita Rezko the money to buy the lot that was split and sold to the Obama’s. Kenneth J. Conner, the whistleblower in that transaction is plaintiff in one and the FDIC the other.

Blagojevich trial jury verdict, Tony Rezko, Stuart Levine, If I were a juror, Thanks Mary Schmich

Blagojevich trial jury verdict, Tony Rezko, Stuart Levine, If I were a juror

I ran across this article written by Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune.

“If I were a Blago juror …”

“If I were a juror, I’d wonder why we never heard from so many of the allegedly bad guys — Tony Rezko, Stuart Levine — mentioned by the prosecution.”

Read more:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-schmich-0728-20100728,0,2697214.column

Thanks to Mary Schmich. This should be front page news.

From part 6 in the series here on the Blagojevich trial, protecting Obama and US Justice Department corruption.

“Beginning with

“THE GOVERNMENT’S PROFFER REGARDING THE EXISTENCE OF A CONSPIRACY”

Pages 15 to 52  reveal Blagojevich’s involvement in corruption beginning in 2002 and going into the summer of 2008. Here are some of the names mentioned in this section:

Tony Rezko

Stuart Levine

Patti Blagojevich

John Harris

Christopher Kelly

Alonzo Monk

Joseph Cari

William Cellini

Robert Weinstein

Ali Ata

Joseph Aramanda

Daniel Mahru

Fortune Massuda

Imad Almanaseer

Michel Malek

Jacob Kiferbaum

Out of this 91 page document, 38 pages are loaded with names and events tied to Rod Blagojevich from 2002 to the summer of 2008. Beginning on page 52 and to page 90 are references to Blagojevich shady dealings primarily from the summer of 2008 on.”

As noted in part 5 of this series, Tony Rezko’s name was mentioned approximately 288 times in the Evidentiary Proffer. The above numbers reveal that of the evidence presented in the Proffer, 38 pages are loaded with names and corruption activities tied to Blagojevich from 2002 to mid 2008. And yet neither Tony Rezko or Stuart Levine were called as witnesses. And just as predicted and warned about here, the focus of the trial was the selling of Obama’s senate seat.”

Read more

If I were a juror, I would be shocked at the prosecution’s case, their shortening of the trial and their failure to call many key witnesses.

Blagojevich trial delay, Protecting Obama, Stuart Levine, Tony Rezko, Citizen Wells open thread, July 11, 2010

Blagojevich trial delay, Protecting Obama, Stuart Levine, Tony Rezko

We know that the US Justice Department is corrupt. The Rod Blagojevich trial is nearing a premature end. A trial that should have happened many months earlier to expose further the corruption of Barack Obama. I am hoping that another whistleblower will come forth as did patriot J. Christian Adams.

From the Stuart Levine Indictment, MAY 9, 2005. Levine was the key witness in the Rezko trial.

“CHICAGO – Three Chicago area executives – one of them a former member of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, which controls medical facility construction projects in Illinois, and one a managing director of Bear Stearns & Co., an investment firm that arranges financing for public works projects in Illinois – were indicted on federal charges for allegedly engaging in insider-dealing, influence-peddling, kickbacks and corruption involving their private interests and public duties, federal officials announced today. One defendant, Stuart Levine, a lawyer and businessman, allegedly engaged in a fraud scheme to obtain a total of at least $9.5 million for himself and certain associates,”

“Stuart Levine – 19 counts of mail fraud, 4 counts of wire fraud, 2 counts of misapplication of funds, 2 counts of money laundering and one count of extortion – a businessman whose interests included S.L. Investment Enterprises, L.P., and a former member of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board (Planning Board), a state commission appointed by the Governor that grants or denies a permit, known as a “Certificate of Need” (CON), to build hospitals, physician offices or other medical facilities statewide. Levine was also a member of the board of trustees of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, formerly known as Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School (Chicago Medical School or CMS) in North Chicago, and he was chairman of its real estate committee. He was also a trustee of the Northshore Supporting Organization (NSO), a charitable trust that supported Chicago Medical School;”

““Individuals who serve on public boards or boards or private institutions and charities must serve the interests of the public or the institution and not steal for themselves,” Mr. Fitzgerald said. “Beyond owing basic duties of honesty and integrity, hospital Planning Board members play an important role in providing access to health care while containing costs. The indictment charges that Levine instead sold out his duties and gave out state approvals and hospital contracts on the basis of ‘who you know’ and worse, ‘who you pay,’” he added.”

http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/indict/2005/us_v_levine.pdf

We know that by the latest, August 5, 2006, Levine was cooperating with the feds.

Blagojevich trial, May 5, 2010, Obama, Stuart Levine, William Cellini, Illinois Gaming Board, Obama subpoena, Tony Rezko, Redacted subpoena segments

Blagojevich trial, May 5, 2010, Obama, Stuart Levine, William Cellini, Illinois Gaming Board

From the recent motion to subpoena Barack Obama from the Blagojevich defense team we know this.
“22. However, the defense has a good faith belief that Mr. Rezko, President Obama’s
former friend, fund-raiser, and neighbor told the FBI and the United States Attorneys
a different story about President Obama. In a recent in camera proceeding, the
government tendered a three paragraph letter indicating that Rezko “has stated
in interviews with the government that he engaged in election law violations by
personally contributing a large sum of cash to the campaign of a public official
who is not Rod Blagojevich. … Further, the public official denies being aware of
cash contributions to his campaign by Rezko or others and denies having
conversations with Rezko related to cash contributions. … Rezko has also stated
in interviews with the government that he believed he transmitted a quid pro quo
offer from a lobbyist to the public official, whereby the lobbyist would hold a
fundraiser for the official in exchange for favorable official action, but that the
public official rejected the offer. The public official denies any such
conversation. In addition, Rezko has stated to the government that he and the
public official had certain conversations about gaming legislation and
administration, which the public official denies having had.”10

10 The defense has a good faith belief that this public official is Barack Obama. See, “Obama on Rezko deal: It
was a mistake”, Dave McKinney, Chris Fusco, and Mark Brown, Chicago Sun Times, November 5, 2006. Senator
Barack Obama was asked: “Did Rezko or his companies ever solicit your support on any matter involving state or
federal government? Did Al Johnson, who was trying to get a casino license along with Tony Rezko, or Rezko
himself ever discuss casino matters with you?” Senator Obama answered: “No, I have never been asked to do
anything to advance his business interest. In 1999, when I was a State Senator, I opposed legislation to bring a
casino to Rosemont and allow casino gambling at docked riverboats which news reports said Al Johnson and Tony
Rezko were interested in being part of. I never discussed a casino license with either of them. I was a vocal
opponent of the legislation.” Obama’s involvement with Tony Rezko and this legislation coincides with the
three paragraph summary the government has provided to the defense referenced above.”

Obama subpoena redacted portions

Here is just a snippet of insight into Obama’s close connections to corruption figures tied to the gaming industry. Of course you remenber that Obama was a IL senator in 1999. What else was Obama doing in 1999? What else was Stuart Levine doing in 1999?

The names highlighted were done so by me.

“MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
ILLINOIS GAMING BOARD
OCTOBER 26, 1999
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS”

“The Illinois Gaming Board (“Board”) held its Regular Meeting on October 26, 1999 in the auditorium on the 5th floor of
the State of Illinois Building, Chicago, Illinois, pursuant to the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120.
The following Board Members were present: Robert F. Vickrey, Chairman; and Members Gregory C. Jones, Joseph A.
Lamendella, Stuart P. Levine and Staci M. Yandle.”

“ALTON GAMING COMPANY (“Alton”) – Don Malloy, representing Alton, requested approval of its owner’s license.
Administrator Acosta stated that there are no outstanding concerns with AGC and recommended approval to the Board.
Member Levine moved
that the Board renew the owner’s license of Alton Gaming Company for a period of 1 year.
The license is to expire in October 2000.
In renewing the license, the Board formally designates the following as key persons of the licensee:
Argosy Gaming Company
William F. Cellini
 Read more:

http://www.igb.state.il.us/meetings/991026.pdf

Rod Blagojevich arrest conspiracy, Obama ties, Why did Patrick Fitzgerald, USDOJ, wait til after 2008 election?, Stuart Levine, Tony Rezko, Who crafted this diversion, Conspiracy to defraud Americans

Rod Blagojevich arrest conspiracy, Obama ties, Why did Patrick Fitzgerald, USDOJ, wait til after 2008 election?

 

 
Was US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald a participant in or victim of a conspiracy to mislead the American people?
Why did Patrick Fitzgerald wait to arrest Rod Blagojevich? The investigation had been going on for at least four years. Most of those connected to Blagojevich corruption had been indicted or convicted.
Why did Patrick Fitzgerald wait to arrest Rod Blagojevich until after the 2008 election?
Who devised the diversion of the alleged attempt to sell Obama’s old IL Senate seat?

Rod Blagojevich, along with Stuart Levine, Tony Rezko and a host of other Chicago and IL crime and corruption figures tied to Obama, had been under investigation going back to at least early 2004. Most of the corruption making up the criminal complaints and indictments took place when Obama was in the IL senate. Patrick Fitzgerald claims that he was concerned about Chicago, IL Childrens Hospital, etc. However, he knew of Blagojevich’s involvement in manipulating hospitals and harming the citizens of Chicago and IL many months earlier.
It is difficult to characterize Fitzgerald as a victim.
It is now obvious to myself and many others that the alleged selling of Obama’s senate seat was a well crafted diversion to take the heat off of Blagojevich and Obama for the bulk of the corruption charges. The same charges that convicted Stuart Levine, Tony Rezko, DR. Robert Weinstein and others in bed with Obama.

Rod Blagojevich knew he was being watched. The alleged senate seat selling was a ploy.
We all expected the biased, idiot MSM to follow along like sheep and cover the tapes and senate seat story. When Bill O’Reilly interviwed Rod Blagojevich a few weeks ago and not only did not ask questions about the other charges, but set up the interview to focus only on the selling of the senate seat, that was the final straw for me.
Once again.
Was US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald a participant in or victim of a conspiracy to mislead the American people?
Why did Patrick Fitzgerald wait to arrest Rod Blagojevich?
Why did Patrick Fitzgerald wait to arrest Rod Blagojevich until after the 2008 election?
Who devised the diversion of the alleged attempt to sell Obama’s old IL Senate seat?
Why is Fox News not covering the Blagojevich indictment and ties to Obama?
This is far bigger than Watergate.
We have a president elect, governor, US dept of Justice, complicit MSM and long time, widespread crime and corruption in Chicago and IL.

Patrick Fitzgerald, US Attorney, Mumbai terror case, 2008 bombings in Mumbai, India, Stuart Levine, Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojevich, Who controls Fitzgerald?

Patrick Fitzgerald, US Attorney,  Mumbai terror case

You remember US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. The man involved in the prosecution of Stuart Levine, Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojevich and a host of other corruption figures tied to Obama. The man who waited until after the 2008 election to arrest Rod Blagojevich.

From the Chicago SunTimes, February 25, 2010.

“U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to handle Mumbai terror case”

“U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has personally prosecuted just one case in Chicago since arriving in September 2001 from New York, where he’d made his reputation prosecuting terrorism cases including the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.

Now, Fitzgerald plans to prosecute what authorities have called one of the most significant terrorism cases in the country — the 2008 bombings in Mumbai, India, that claimed the lives of about 170 people.
Fitzgerald — considered an expert in terror cases — will be on the prosecution team along with two of his assistants, Daniel Collins and Vicki Peters.

Two Chicago men — Tahawwur Rana and David Headley — are accused of helping plan the Mumbai attacks.”

“At a hearing Wednesday in federal court in Chicago for Rana, Fitzgerald appeared for the first time in the case, saying some of the evidence will be handled under strict rules because it’s considered classified.”

Read more:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/2069378,CST-NWS-terror25.article

I found this comment, posted below the article, interesting.

“focus wrote:
Fitzgerald has been bought off. He created a few ripples,with his indictment of Sorich,and Blogo. He has been told by the power that be ….to layoff Daley. Corporate Chicago,and the combine have full control over Patrick Fitzgerald. Scumbag Daley will not be touched,by the Feds.”

Who controls Patrick Fitzgerald?

Dr Robert Weinstein, Pleads guilty to tax fraud, March 11, 2009, Chicago Tribune, Business partner, Stuart Levine, Tony Rezko, Obama ties, Blagojevich, Illinois Health Planning Facilities Board, Weinstein indictment, wire and mail fraud, Corruption

From a Chicago Tribune article dated March 11, 2009:

“The longtime business partner of convicted influence peddler Stuart Levine pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to disclose on his tax return some $3 million he stole from a charity.

Dr. Robert Weinstein, 63, of Northbrook faces 2 to 3 years in prison in connection with a complex fraud scheme in which he and Levine cheated Northshore Supporting Organization, a charity the two controlled. The charity supported the work of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, which lost a combined $6 million in the scheme. Both men sat on the board of the North Chicago medical school.

Weinstein, a self-described private investor for the last decade, admitted that he understated his income by $3 million on his 2003 tax return when he actually made $9.2 million. Weinstein, who is scheduled to be sentenced on July 1, didn’t agree to cooperate in the federal probe.

Weinstein was indicted last June on charges of wire and mail fraud and making false statements. But last week prosecutors charged him with a single tax fraud count after he agreed to plead guilty.

Levine has become an important government witness in the federal investigation of corruption in the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, providing key testimony at the trial of Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a top Blagojevich adviser who was convicted of extorting firms seeking state business.”

Read more:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-weinstein-guilty-plea-11-mar11,0,3203453.story
What the Chicago Tribune has been leaving out is Weinstein’s
link to Obama via Tony Rezko, Stuart Levine as revealed in
the indictment of Dr. Robert Weinstein. The common denominator
is the Illinois Health Planning Facilities Board.

 
“1. At times material to this indictment:
a.
Stuart Levine, a resident of Highland Park, Illinois, was a businessman and a member of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board (“Planning Board”).
b.
The Planning Board was a commission of the State of Illinois, established by statute, whose nine members were appointed by the Governor of the State of Illinois. State law required an entity seeking to build a hospital, medical office building, or other medical facility in Illinois to obtain a permit, known as a “Certificate of Need” (“CON”), from the Planning Board prior to beginning construction. Issuance of a CON required a majority vote of the Planning Board.
c.
Antoin Rezko, also known as “Tony” Rezko (“Rezko”), a resident of Wilmette, Illinois, was a businessman and a fund-raiser for candidates for elected office.
d.
There was a federal criminal investigation into allegations of mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery, political corruption, and other criminal activities in connection with the operations of certain State of Illinois boards and commissions, including the Planning Board. Among other matters, this investigation concerned the appointment of, control of, and directions given by third parties to members of the boards and commissions. One aspect of this investigation related to Stuart Levine and those associated with him, including Rezko and WEINSTEIN, and to the nature and scope of the business, personal, and financial relationships among and between them. It was material to this investigation to learn whatinfluence Rezko had in connection with the boards’ and commissions’ operations.
2. On or about May 24, 2004, at Chicago, in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, ROBERT J. WEINSTEIN, defendant herein, knowingly and willfully did make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the Department of Justice, an agency of the United States government, in that WEINSTEIN stated to a Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent that Levine never told WEINSTEIN that Rezko had influence over the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, whereas at the time WEINSTEIN made this statement and representation, WEINSTEIN knew the statement and representation was false because, in truth and fact, WEINSTEIN and Levine discussed Rezko’s influence over the Planning Board, including in a recorded conversation on April 21, 2004 in which they discussed Rezko’s involvement in the Planning Board and Levine explicitly advised WEINSTEIN of Rezko’s role in manipulating the Planning Board’s vote earlier that day on the CON application of Mercy Health System Corporation Hospital, as well as other Planning Board matters;
In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2).”