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Husband of former Country Club Hills police chief sentenced

091509/Country Club Hills During Tuesday press conference Country Club Hills Police Chief ReginEvans won't give details suicide note or purchases

091509/Country Club Hills During a Tuesday press conference, Country Club Hills Police Chief, Regina Evans won't give details of a suicide note or purchases made at the Country Club Hills WalMart by Christopher Kelly in respect to his family. (SouthtownStar/Mary Compton TIN_cchpress_P3/News)

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Updated: August 28, 2014 6:46AM



The husband of a former police chief was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison Friday for his role in a fraud scheme involving his wife and her brother.

Ronald Evans Jr., husband of former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans, pleaded guilty in August to federal charges of money laundering and wire fraud, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of Illinois.

Regina Evans was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay restitution in May after she pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

Her brother, Ricky McCoy, pleaded guilty in August to money laundering and obstruction of justice, and was sentenced to six months in prison and six month’s home confinement.

Prosecutors say Regina Evans and her husband used a $1.25 million state grant — intended for her nonprofit, We Are Our Brother’s Keeper — for personal expenses and gave some of the money to family, friends and associates.

The grant, issued in February 2009, was intended to fund a job-training program at the couple’s Regal Theater at 1641 W. 79th St., Chicago. Prosecutors say “little, if any” of the proposed training was ever completed.

U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough ordered Ronald Evans serve 12 months in federal prison, six months of home confinement and two years of supervised release. Regina and Ronald Evans also were ordered to pay $917,194 in restitution.

Evans was ordered to self-report to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Sept. 8.



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