Former IDPH official faces bribery, theft, and tax evasion charges

SPRINGFIELD - A former Illinois Department of Public Health official is facing bribery, theft, and tax evasion charges as part of a $13 million grant fraud case.

On Monday, federal prosecutors in Springfield charged Roxanne Jackson, who served as a top human resources official at IDPH in 2003 and 2004.

Jackson is accused of participating in a kickback scheme with IDPH's former chief of staff Quinshaunta Golden.  After Jackson left IDPH, she went to work for a security company, which received approximately $2 million from IDPH to conduct background checks on nursing home residents.

According to Monday's court filing, the security company received $300 for each background check, and that Jackson allegedly agreed to pay Golden between $35 and $40 in kickbacks for each check.  The court documents also state that Jackson also allegedly failed to pay $95,171 in taxes owed as a result of unreported income.

Prosecutors also say millions of dollars from state grants and contracts were funneled to Chicago businessman Leon Dingle Jr. during the scheme.  Dingle is set to go to trial in October on charges of tax evasion, fraud, and money-laundering.

Golden pleaded guilty to bribery and taking kickbacks in April, and is currently awaiting sentencing.
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