Ex-Country Club Hills police chief’s brother pleads guilty to money laundering
BY CASEY TONER email@example.com August 29, 2013 8:48PM
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Updated: October 1, 2013 6:36AM
The brother of former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice.
Ricky McCoy was charged in March along with Evans, who last week pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
McCoy faces up to 20 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 4.
A U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman said McCoy has cooperated with investigators while Evans has refused to do so.
Evans also pleaded guilty in June to fraud charges related to a $1.25 million state grant awarded in 2009 to We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, a nonprofit Evans owned with her husband, Ron Evans Jr. Regina Evans is to be sentenced on all charges on Oct. 15. Ron Evans also pleaded guilty to the fraud scheme and is to be sentenced Dec. 2.
McCoy assisted the Evanses in managing We Are Our Brother’s Keeper. He wrote a check to himself for $16,249 on behalf of the nonprofit, with the cash proceeds then going into an account controlled by the Evanses, according to prosecutors. He also issued two other checks totaling $19,888 on behalf of the nonprofit made payable to the Evanses, they said.
McCoy also worked with Regina Evans and a person identified as Individual A to create a false story for law enforcement, the grand jury, and a witness in the court proceeding to claim that Individual A performed work for the nonprofit, when the work had not been performed and was an excuse to conceal money that was converted to cash and returned to the Evanses, according to prosecutors.
The false story created for Individual A was that she worked as a teacher under the grant and taught students “soft skills,” including manners, how to dress for an interview, and how to write a resume, among other falesehoods.