Tax trial of old-school Chicago Democrat resuming
CHICAGO — An old-school Chicago Democrat's tax evasion trial — derailed for three months while his lead attorney recovered from bronchitis — is getting back on track with jury selection.
The trial for Cook County Commissioner Williams Beavers, 77, will resume Monday. He is accused of diverting more than $225,000 from campaign coffers to feed a gambling habit and for other personal uses without reporting it. He also is accused of failing to declare that he took more than $68,000 in campaign money and put it in a city fund to double the monthly pension he got for serving as an alderman for years.
Beavers pleaded not guilty to four tax counts. If convicted at his federal trial in Chicago, the former police officer-turned-politician faces a maximum three-year prison term on each count.
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