Do you remember the Reverend Jeremiah Wright? Spiritual advisor to President Barack Obama?
You may recall that Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr., the Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago, IL first came to the nation’s attention in March 2008 when ABC News aired his controversial statements such as, ‘’God damn America” and for saying that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States were, “America’s chickens coming home to roost.” Wright also reported that African-Americans in the United States, should not sing “God Bless America” but should instead invoke, “God damn America.
Back in 2008, after reviewing the transcripts of thousands of hours of Wright’s sermons, ABC news first told us of inflammatory gems such as this: “We (Americans) have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” Wright told the Chicago congregation.
Rev. Wright married President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, baptized their two daughters and is even credited by Obama for the title of his book, “The Audacity of Hope.”
And, now Reverend Wright will be known for something else, his daughter’s apparent crimes. Wright’s daughter was found guilty in March 2014 for taking part in a fraud scam that bilked over a million dollars from a State of Illinois grant that was intended for a not-for-profit work and education program named We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, owned by Regina Evans, a former police chief of Country Club Hills, and her husband, Ronald Evans Jr.
NBC news reported that Jeri Wright, age 48 and a close friend of the Evans couple, “Took as much as $11,000 from checks worth more than $30,000 that were supposed to be for work related to the grant.” About $20,000 was deposited back into accounts controlled by Regina and Ronald Evans.
Then while out on bail and awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of the initial counts of money laundering, Jeri Wright, allegedly took part in another scam, this one in an Indiana scam involving a ‘ghost payroll.’
The Chicago Sun Times reports:
U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough ruled there was probable cause to believe Wright committed a separate theft while on bail, thereby violating terms of her supervised release, according to Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Central District of Illinois.
The judge ordered Wright, who appeared in court in Springfield, to be taken into custody by U.S. marshals.
Prosecutors now say Wright was taking part in another scheme — this one involving ghost payrolling — even as she was standing trial.
Between Feb. 12, 2014, and May 28, 2014, Wright allegedly got 13 payments totaling $8,192 from a temporary staffing agency “for work she never performed” for a plastics factory in Franklin, Indiana, according to a court filing this month. U.S. Probation Officer Eric W. Fox wrote that Wright “committed theft” by accepting the payments, which allegedly were authorized by a since-fired plant manager who is under investigation for “making fraudulent credit card charges and hiring several” ghost payrollers.
Wright’s attorney, Victor P. Henderson, argued in court that Wright legitimately earned the money and presented emails she had exchanged to try to convince the judge. In court filings, Henderson also noted that Wright hadn’t been charged in the Indiana case and that “these theft allegations are only in the investigative stage.”
In light of these recently developments, we feel that we must ask Rev. Wright: Just exactly whose chickens are coming home to roost now?
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