ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker could face federal tax fraud and perjury charges if Illinois GOP leaders get their way.
Wednesday, every Illinois Republican in Congress cosigned a letter calling on the US Attorney’s Office to investigate the Democrat’s property taxes.
This after a Cook County inspector general report revealed Pritzker engaged in a “scheme to defraud” the county and avoided paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes.
It all started with removing some toilets. Now criminal charges are possible. One attorney says it comes down to Pritzker’s intentions. There are two questions: Was the home he called uninhabitable truly in that condition and did Pritzker or his wife instruct employees to falsely sign an affidavit stating it was?
Those questions are now being left up to the US Attorney to decide. Congressional Republicans are asking for a speedy investigation.
Pritzker is denying allegations of fraud and says the report is a political leak. Still, he’s paying back the $300,000 he owes.
Attorney Sarah Delano Pavlik says how soon there would be an investigation is up to the feds.
No word from the US Attorney’s Office yet. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s says they’re checking to see falls under their jurisdiction.
A spokesperson for Democratic attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul, a close Pritzker ally, says he has not read the report and has no comment.
His opponent, Erika Harold, on the other hand says the report reveals the need for reform. Governor Rauner’s campaign says he wants the investigation done before Election Day.
Rauner could be in some legal trouble himself. A WBEZ report reveals his attorney general’s office is now facing its own criminal charges.