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August 29, 2014

Ex-Ill. County Official Charged With $300,000 Grant Fraud

A former Cook County, Ill., employee has been accused by federal prosecutors of using a nonprofit organization and other entities to bilk $300,000 from a grant program he managed, the Chicago Tribune writes. Barry Croall, 45, of Montgomery, Ill., was indicted Wednesday on charges of wire fraud and federal program theft.

Mr. Croall, a program manager for the county's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, was in charge of a $10.3-million program to assist people affected by flooding. Prosecutors said he arranged for a nonprofit, Strategic Management Services S.M.S. LLC, and three commercial contractors to submit inflated invoices for their work with the program. Those groups allegedly received kickbacks for their role in the scheme.

Ronald Ford, 57, of Country Club Hills, Ill., who headed Strategic Management, was also charged in the indictment.