A federal jury on Friday convicted the daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of money laundering and making false statements in connection with the alleged misuse of a grant from the state of Illinois.
Jeri L. Wright of Hazel Crest was accused of participating in a fraud scheme led by former Country Club Hills police chief Regina Evans.
Prosecutors alleged Wright took about $30,000 in state money, purporting to do work related to the grant's purpose, but deposited most of that money back into bank accounts controlled by Evans. Wright then lied about her involvement to law enforcement and a federal grand jury, prosecutors said.
"Jeri Wright chose to participate in the fraud, chose to receive and launder a portion of the proceeds of the fraud, and chose to repeatedly lie to law enforcement and a federal grand jury," said U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said in a statement after the verdict. "If you take and misuse government money, and then lie about it, you will be held accountable in a court of law."