Brother of former CC Hills police chief sentenced in fraud scheme
Sun-Times Media June 24, 2014 7:36PM
Updated: July 26, 2014 6:49AM
The brother of Country Club Hills’ former police chief was sentenced to six months in prison Monday for his role in a grant fraud scheme involving his sister and her husband.
Ricky McCoy, brother of former Police Chief Regina Evans, pleaded guilty in August to federal charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Central District of Illinois.
Evans was formerly sentenced to five years in prison for the scheme in which a $1.25 million grant intended for her nonprofit group, We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, instead went toward a delinquent mortgage for the historic Regal Theater in Chicago and other personal expenses.
The grant issued in February 2009 was intended to fund a job-training program at the theater at 1641 W. 79th St. The building was sold at auction in September 2012 after going into foreclosure.
Prosecutors claim McCoy helped launder the grant funds — issuing a $16,000 check payable to himself on behalf of We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, then depositing the funds into an account controlled by Evans and her husband, Ronald W. Evans, Jr.
McCoy also wrote two checks from the nonprofit group totaling more than $19,000 to an associate of the Evanses, most of which was also deposited back into a bank account the couple controlled, according to prosecutors.
McCoy also admitted to helping craft a story for authorities that falsely claimed an individual performed actual work under the grant. In fact, the person did no such work, and checks written to the individual were another means of concealing grant funds converted to cash and returned back to the Evanses, authorities said.
Judge Sue Myerscough ordered McCoy to serve six months in prison, followed by six months of home confinement at a hearing Monday. He also must pay $44,000 in restitution to the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Ronald Evans also pleaded guilty in the scheme and will be sentenced July 11.