- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A former human resources director at the Illinois Department of Health pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a $13 million grant fraud case.

Roxanne Jackson, 49, of Olympia Fields entered her plea Tuesday afternoon following charges of bribery, theft and tax evasion filed against her Monday by federal prosecutors. As part of an agreement, she will likely face a maximum of 51 months in prison and pay nearly $173,000 in restitution for filing false income tax returns. She will also pay restitution for bribery.

Jackson worked for the public health department in 2003 and 2004.

She was 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, taking kickbacks and obstruction of justice. Golden is awaiting sentencing.

When Jackson left the health department, she went to work for a security company, which received more than $2 million in contract funds to conduct background checks on nursing home residents. The security company got $300 for each background check and Jackson was required to pay Golden between $35 and $40 in kickbacks for each check. From roughly July 2007 to October 2008, Jackson said she gave approximately $433,000 to Golden per their agreement.

The scheme funneled millions of dollars of state grants and contracts to Chicago businessman Leon Dingle Jr., prosecutors said. He’s awaiting trial next month on federal charges of fraud, money-laundering and tax evasion.

Sentencing for Jackson is scheduled at the end of January.

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