Seems like every single week another corrupt Democrat has been caught breaking the law or doing something that violates their oath of office.
And the streak continued this week after felony charges were filed against a top Democrat — and he could get smacked with a hefty prison sentence.
George Coleman Jr. currently works at the Department of Aviation in Chicago as the deputy commissioner for intergovernmental affairs.
He’s worked for the city for over 25 years, but might not be for much longer after being charged for running a financial crimes enterprise.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, prosecutors have accused Coleman “of racking up thousands of dollars in purchases — including for booze and patio furniture — and then later disputing the charges.”
Coleman Jr. — a 47-year-old Democrat with close ties to liberals in the blue state — was arrested earlier this month, appeared at a hearing this week, and was released after posting bail.
Now the case will move to trial, where prosecutors say they have more than enough evidence to prove Coleman Jr.’s alleged fraud.
The purchases were made on Coleman’s American Express card at places such as a furniture store, a liquor store, and Home Depot.
American Express opened an investigation after Coleman disputed many of the charges he made.
George Coleman Jr., deputy commissioner for intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Aviation, faces a charge of continuing financial crimes enterprise.https://t.co/tW4ZT9XOf2
— Daniel Lopez (@4danlopez) December 10, 2019
The Chicago Sun-Times adds:
The charge is not connected to his job, according to Cook County prosecutors, for which city records show he is paid a salary of $135,624.
Coleman’s defense attorney, Richard Fenbert, told Judge Susana Ortiz that Coleman has a “reasonable explanation” for disputing the charges and said Coleman planned to do so. Fenbert declined to comment further after the hearing.
Prosecutors said Coleman made the purchases on his American Express cards between August 2018 and June this year. He first disputed a charge on Aug. 17, 2018, after purchasing wicker patio furniture from Ohana Depot for $1,304 with his phone, prosecutors said.
The furniture was delivered to his home address and he signed a delivery slip, prosecutors said.
But wait, it gets better.
On March 6, Coleman bought 37 bottles of alcohol from Binny’s Beverage Depot for $1,269 and then disputed the transaction four days later, prosecutors said.
Two months later, on May 12, he allegedly purchased a custom closet storage fixture from Closets by Design for $4,611. He tried to put a down payment on the purchase using his American Express card, but was declined because he had closed the account.
Then he used a new American Express card for a $2,329 down payment, prosecutors said — a charge which was later disputed by Coleman.
Between the end of May and early June, Coleman made multiple purchases at Home Depot totaling more than $1,500, including at least two transactions in which he was recorded by video surveillance, prosecutors said. He later allegedly disputed those charges as well.
It sure seems like this is a slam dunk case for prosecutors.
Prosecutors said after Coleman Jr. made so many purchases and then disputed the transactions, American Express opened an investigation and obtained surveillance footage from Home Depot and a recorded telephone transaction between Coleman and Closets by Design.
Officials also said Coleman Jr. admitted to making all the purchases after he was taken into custody this week.
Here’s the cherry on top.
Prosecutors said Coleman was convicted of driving under the influence in 2015 and was also twice convicted of misdemeanor retail theft years ago.