posted on Dec, 17 2003 @ 04:33 PM
Former Gov. George Ryan indicted
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was charged today in a federal racketeering indictment with conspiracy and fraud while he was governor and secretary
Ryan allegedly engaged in a pattern of corruption that included performing official government acts, awarding lucrative government contracts and
leases and using the State of Illinois for his own benefit, members of his family, his campaign organization and certain associates, according to a
news release from the U.S. Attorney's office....
Ryan, 69, a Republican known worldwide as a leading critic of the death penalty, gradually became the focus of a corruption investigation that began
even before his 1998 election as governor. The growing scandal was a factor in Ryan's 2001 decision not to seek a second term.
The indictment alleges that for more than a decade Ryan let his friends wield great influence in state government and profit from his positions as
secretary of state and later, governor. Ryan allowed some of his friends, who were not state employees, to steer state contracts in return for bribes
and gave others insider information that they could profit from, while ignoring complaints of wrongdoing from employees and others.
In return, the indictment alleges, Ryan and his family received illegal cash payments, gifts, vacations and personal services from his friends and
associates. The indictment did not list a dollar figure for Ryan but said members of his family got cash loans and gifts totaling $167,000.
Why do people even think to vote repugnant? All they do is LIE, CHEAT, AND STEAL. You deal with demons and don't be surprised when evil befalls you.