Daughter of Ex-Obama Pastor Guilty of Grant Misuse

Daughter of Ex-Obama Pastor Guilty of Grant Misuse

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal jury in Springfield has convicted the daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of money laundering and making false statements in connection with the alleged misuse of a state grant.

Jeri L. Wright of Hazel Crest, convicted late Friday, was accused of participating in a fraud scheme led by former Country Club Hills police chief Regina Evans. She then lied about her involvement to law enforcement and a federal grand jury. Wright is the daughter of the minister whose sermons and later statements sparked controversy during the 2008 presidential campaign.

U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough has scheduled sentencing for July 7.

Evans pleaded guilty last year to obstruction of justice, conspiracy and witness tampering in misusing the $1.2 million 2009 Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant.

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