Carla Oglesby, top aide to Todd Stroger, on trial for corruption - KMSP-TV

Carla Oglesby, ex-Stroger aide, on trial for corruption

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Nearly three years after she was arrested while pulling out of a downtown parking garage, Carla Oglesby – a top aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger – is expected to go on trial on public corruption charges Monday.

Stroger and Eugene Mullins, Stroger's childhood friend and onetime chief media spokesman, were listed among the roughly 70 potential witnesses in court documents filed last year.

However, it was unclear whether either of the men will take the stand during 44-year-old Oglesby's bench trial before Judge James Linn. A state's attorney's spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter.

With the help of vendors, Mullins and Oglesby "assisted the other in getting various sham contracts through the system," prosecutors allege in court documents.

"Evidence shows that Oglesby, Mullins and the vendors agreed to work together to loot the county with a string of sham contracts wherein some contracts involved kickbacks and others involved plain self-dealing."

Oglesby, specifically, steered more than $300,000 in fake government contracts to herself and her pals, prosecutors said — a claim denied by defense attorney Anthony Schumann.

"She has not committed any of the criminal offenses she is accused of," Schumann said of his client last week.

"She is not guilty."

Mullins was not in trouble with the law at the time of Oglesby's 2010 arrest on theft, money laundering and official misconduct charges.

But last year, he was indicted on federal charges tied to an alleged kickback scheme stemming from a joint investigation with state authorities that led to Oglesby's arrest.

Four men authorities said were connected to Oglesby and Mullins' alleged wrongdoing were also charged with a felony.

Prosecutors said all the questionable contracts related to Oglesby and Mullins were for amounts just under the $25,000 threshold that would have required a county board vote.

Oglesby was operating a small-time public relations firm CGC Communication in 2009 when Stroger tapped her to be his spokeswoman in his re-election bid. He lost the February 2010 primary, but Stroger kept Oglesby on his payroll as his $120,000-a-year deputy chief of staff until days after her arrest.

Two years ago, the Sun-Times reported that Oglesby was collecting unemployment benefits.

Schumann would not comment Friday on whether she was still receiving those checks.

Oglesby remains free on bail.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Politics NewsMore>>

  • Mayors' group pushes for pension reform

    Mayors' group pushes for pension reform

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-04-21 16:04:17 GMT
    money-roll-genericmoney-roll-generic
    More than two dozen Illinois mayors are set to hold a news conference, hoping to encourage state lawmakers to make changes to pension systems for local police and fire departments.
    More than two dozen Illinois mayors are set to hold a news conference, hoping to encourage state lawmakers to make changes to pension systems for local police and fire departments.
  • US Sen. Durbin says he's taking Oberweis seriously

    US Sen. Durbin says he's taking Oberweis seriously

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:10:55 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's taking his opponent in the November election more seriously than any challenger since he first was elected to the Senate.
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's taking his opponent in the November election more seriously than any challenger since he first was elected to the Senate.
  • Quinn: Tighter controls after Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

    Quinn: Tighter controls after Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:57:44 GMT
    The state of Illinois is trying to recoup roughly $12 million its Medicaid program paid in medical services for dead recipients.
    The state of Illinois is trying to recoup roughly $12 million its Medicaid program paid in medical services for dead recipients.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices