SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A former Illinois
Medical Board member and his wife have been indicted on charges they used
millions of dollars in state health grants to pay for vacation homes, luxury
cars and other personal expenses.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a
statement Friday that 75-year-ol Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife Karin, both of Chicago, took $3.7
million in grant money. The funds from the Illinois Department of Public Health
were intended for programs related to HIV/AIDS, breast, cervical and prostate
cancer and emergency preparedness.
Prosecutors say Dingle was CEO of the
non-profit Advance Health, Social and Educational Associates. One of Dingle's
employees and another man also are named in the 23-count federal indictment.
A phone message seeking comment left at
Dingle's office wasn't immediately returned.