- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A former official at the Illinois Department of Public Health faces federal charges of bribery, theft and tax evasion as part of a $13 million grant fraud case.

Federal prosecutors in Springfield charged Roxanne Jackson of Olympia Fields on Monday, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1v4wwQj ). Jackson served as a top human resources official in the public health department in 2003 and 2004.

She is accused of participating in a kickback scheme with the department’s former chief of staff, Quinshaunta Golden of Homewood, who pleaded guilty in April to bribery and taking kickbacks. Golden is awaiting sentencing.

When Jackson left the health department, she went to work for a security company, which received about $2 million from the department to conduct background checks on nursing home residents. Monday’s court filing said the security company got $300 for each background check and that Jackson agreed to pay Golden between $35 and $40 in kickbacks for each check, the Sun-Times reported.

Jackson also allegedly failed to pay $95,171 in taxes she owed as a result of unreported income, according to court documents.

Jackson and Golden served under then-Public Health Director Dr. Eric Whitaker, a close friend of President Barack Obama. Whitaker has not been accused of wrongdoing.

Prosecutors also say the scheme funneled millions of dollars of state grants and contracts to Chicago businessman Leon Dingle Jr., who is awaiting trial next month on federal charges of fraud, money-laundering and tax evasion.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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