Former IDPH Human Resources Director sentenced to 25 months in prison

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SPRINGFIELD - The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a former Illinois Department of Public Health Human Resources Director has been sentenced to 25 months in prison for participating in a bribery and kickback scheme.

U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis says Roxanne Jackson, 50, pleaded guilty in September 2014 to participating in a bribery and kickback scheme with former IDPH Chief of Staff Quinshanta Golden.  In addition to the prison sentence, Jackson must pay $1 million in restitution to the IDPH, and $172,825 to the IRS.

Authorities say Golden selected Jackson to be a paid consultant to three not-for-profit organizations that received state grant funds, and to a security business that conducted background checks and interviews of nursing home residents around the state.  According to authorities, Jackson was required to pay Golden half of any state grant funds she received, and to pay Golden kickbacks for each background investigation carried out by the security firm, and part of the scheme.

U.S. Justice Department officials say this scheme lasted from 2006 until 2009, with Jackson receiving more than $1 million in grant and contract funds, with Golden being paid approximately $433,000 of that money.  Jackson also allegedly failed to report about $908,266 in income during this time, resulting in failure to pay $172,825 in taxes.
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