Former IDPH official pleads guilty to theft, bribery, tax evasion charges

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SPRINGFIELD - A former Illinois Department of Public Health human resources director has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a multimillion-dollar grant fraud case.

Roxanne Jackson, 49, entered guilty pleas on charges of theft, tax evasion, and bribery on Tuesday afternoon.  As part of an agreement, Jackson will pay restitution for bribery and filing false income tax returns.  She will also likely face a maximum of 51 months in prison.

Jackson worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health in 2003 and 2004.  She was accused of participating in a kickback scheme with Quinshaunta Golden, the department's former chief of staff.  Golden pleaded guilty to bribery, obstruction of justice, and taking kickbacks in April, and is currently awaiting sentencing.

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.  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.  Jackson said that between July 2007 to October 2008, she gave Golden approximately $433,000 per their agreement.

Prosecutors also say the scheme funneled state grants and contracts worth millions of dollars to Chicago businessman Leon Dingle Jr.  He faces federal charges of tax evasion, fraud, and money-laundering, and will stand trial in October.

Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
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