Seems like every week a corrupt Democrat is arrested and charged for breaking the law.
And the streak continued this week after a Democratic Illinois state lawmaker was hauled into court after being arrested and charged in a massive bribery case.
A federal compliant alleges that Democratic state Rep. Luis Arroyo bribed a legislative colleague with an offer of $2,500 a month in exchange for the state senator’s support of sweepstakes-related legislation.
If found guilty, the Democrat faces up to 10 years in prison.
Arroyo made the offer on Aug. 2 and handed over an initial check on Aug. 22 for the unidentified lawmaker’s backing of the legislation in the Illinois Senate.
The 12-page complaint indicates that a federal wiretap heard Arroyo give the check to his colleague in a suburban Chicago restaurant.
Completely oblivious to what was happening, Arroyo also detailed to the unidentified lawmaker why he was giving him the check.
It was a bribe — and Arroyo made that clear on the recording.
“I’m going to give you this here,” Arroyo tells the senator, the complaint says. “This is, this is, this is the jackpot.”
At an earlier meeting, Arroyo asked if the lawmaker how he wanted to be paid the $2,500 checks.
The unidentified senator responded: “A year sounds great.”
The complaint describes Arroyo as having a vested interest in the arrangement as manager of Spartacus 3 LLC, a lobbying company, which included as its clients the owner of a firm that deals in video sweepstakes machines.
There’s no indication in legislative records that Arroyo introduced any sweepstakes legislation, and when the idea was inserted into a gambling-expansion measure 18 months ago, there was little enthusiasm for it.
The complaint against Arroyo, who has represented the 3rd district on the West Side since 2006, refers to the senator only as a cooperating witness. It says the person chose to wear a wire in hopes of a reduced sentence for filing false income tax returns.
This case is rumored to be connected to another FBI sting, which resulted in a second Democrat lawmaker being arrested in Illinois on charges of corruption.
This at least the eighth instance of corrupt Democrats being charged and arrested in recent weeks.
Below are a few examples:
–Attorney General William Barr, the DOJ, and FBI coordinated with local police on a major case and hauled an entire Democratic Organization into court.
–Former Democratic Texas District Judge Rudy Delgado was arrested and charged with taking bribes in exchange for giving favorable rulings in his courtroom for more than a decade.
–FBI agents were seen on Tuesday carrying brown evidence bags as they raided Democratic Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval’s offices as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation.” The raids are rumored to be connected to Sandoval playing a key role in helping implement a 19-cent increase in the gas tax to help fund Democratic Governor J.B. Prtizker’s $45 billion plan to rebuild roads, bridges, and schools.
–Sherikia Hawkins, a prominent city clerk for Southfield, Michigan, was arrested and charged this week for allegedly forging records and falsely marking at least 200 absentee ballots as invalid during the 2018 midterm election. She is now facing six felony charges for the stunning election crimes.
–Ed Buck, who has spent decades donating serious money to prominent Democrats such as Obama and the Clintons, was arrested and charged with running a drug house. Two young black men have been found dead in the past 18 months inside Buck’s apartment.
–Fall River Democratic Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested on charges that he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies seeking to operate marijuana businesses.
–A Democrat superior court judge in Massachusetts was arrested for assault and battery after she attacked her wife inside their home. Judge Shannon Frison allegedly “forcibly grabbed” her wife’s hair while she was holding a young child.
–A Democratic Indiana state representative and firefighter was arrested and charged after impersonating a police officer and trying to buy cocaine while driving under the influence.