Prosecutors: Gambling central to tax trial
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say they have evidence a Cook County commissioner heading to trial on tax-evasion charges was an avid gambler who sometimes drew on campaign funds repeatedly within a few hours at casinos.
The issue arose at a Friday hearing on the admissibility of evidence at William Beavers' trial. It starts Monday.
Prosecutor Matthew Getter told a federal judge Beavers' gambling would demonstrate his motive for allegedly diverting campaign money for personal use without reporting it.
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