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Rezko verdict, count by count
Daily Herald Staff Report
Published: 6/4/2008 4:10 PM | Updated: 6/4/2008 4:44 PM

Antoin "Tony" Rezko was charged with 24 criminal counts. Here's a rundown of each count and how the jury decided:

1) Mail fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused a questionnaire filled out by Glencoe Capital to be delivered to the Teachers Retirement System on July 18, 2003 in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Rezko conspired with TRS member Stuart Levine to approve the investment of teachers pension funds with Glencoe Capital. In return, Glencoe's "finder," Sheldon Pekin, split his $375,000 finder's fee three ways with Levine and Rezko friend Joseph Aramanda, to whom Rezko owed money.

Verdict: Guilty

2) Mail fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Glencoe Capital to deliver to TRS on July 30, 2003 investment presentation materials in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Same as Count 1

Verdict: Guilty

3) Wire fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused investment firm LLR to fax a contract agreement to their "finder," Sheldon Pekin, on May 19, 2004, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Rezko, Levine and Pekin planned on having TRS approve investment of teachers funds in LLR and Stockwell investment funds. In return, Pekin would split his $250,000 LLR and $1 million "finder's fees" from the investments with Rezko and Levine.

Verdict: Not guilty

4) Wire fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Levine to call attorney Joseph Cari on April 14, 2004, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Rezko, Cari and Levine agreed to install a sham "finder" on a TRS investment of pension funds with the JER investment firm. In addition, Levine and Cari agreed Cari's investment firm also would receive a TRS investment. The three agreed Rezko and Rezko friend Charles Hannon would receive the $750,000 finder's fee from the JER investment and Levine would receive the $700,000 finder's fee for the Cari firm investment.

Verdict: Guilty

5) Wire fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused a finder's fee agreement to be faxed on May 19, 2004 to JER to facilitate an illegal scheme.

Background: Same as Count 4

Verdict: Guilty

6) Wire fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Cari to call JER on May 20, 2004, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Same as Counts 4 and 5

Verdict: Guilty

7) Mail fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Sterling Financial to deliver to TRS an application on May 10, 2004, for investment of TRS funds, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Rezko and Levine agreed to get Sterling's application approved and split the finder's fee from the investment with the finder, Mike Winter, and to disguise Winter as the finder by substituting him with Myron Cherry, Winter's business associate.

Verdict: Guilty

8) Mail fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Sterling to send investment presentation materials to TRS on May 19, 2004, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Same as Count 7

Verdict: Guilty

9) Wire fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused TRS attorney Steve Loren to e-mail on May 7, 2004 the IMH investment firm, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Rezko and Levine agreed to approve a TRS investment in the IMH investment firm in exchange for splitting IMH finder Dick Betty's fee with Rezko and Levine.

Verdict: Not guilty

10) Wire fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused TRS attorney Steve Loren to e-mail on May 10, 2004, the IMH investment firm in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Same as Count 9.

Verdict: Not guilty

11) Mail fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused builder Jacob Kieferbaum to send a letter to Mercy Hospital on Nov. 25, 2003, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Rezko and Levine agreed to split a $1 million bribe from Kieferbaum in exchange for Levine, a member of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, and Rezko arranging for the board to approve Mercy Hospital's application to build a facility in Crystal Lake.

Verdict: Guilty

12) Mail fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused the planning board to send a letter to Kieferbaum on May 24, 2004, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Same as Count 11.

Verdict: Guilty

13) Wire fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Levine to call business partner Dr. Robert Weinstein on April 17, 2004, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Weinstein was to be instrumental in helping disguise the many illegal payments to Levine and Rezko via sham consulting agreements with Weinstein. In return, Weinstein he would split Levine's payments.

Verdict: Guilty

14) Wire fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Levine to call business partner Dr. Robert Weinstein on April 21, 2004, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Same as Count 13.

Verdict: Guilty

15) Wire fraud

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Levine to call business partner Dr. Robert Weinstein on May 1, 2004, in furtherance of an illegal scheme.

Background: Same as Counts 13 and 14

Verdict: Guilty

16) Attempted extortion

Nuts and bolts: In the spring of 2004, Rezko and Levine held up a planned TRS investment of $220 million in Capri Capital until Capri part owner Thomas Rosenberg paid either a $2 million bribe to be split by Levine and Rezko or made a $1.5 million donation to Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Background: Rezko and Levine had Republican powerbroker William Cellini suggest to Rosenberg that the reason his investment was being held up was he had failed to make political donations.

Verdict: Not guilty

17) Solicitation of funds

Nuts and bolts: Between May 2003 and April 2004, Levine solicited $250,000 for Levine and Rezko's benefit from Sheldon Pekin in exchange for TRS approval of an investment in Glencoe Capital.

Background: Same as Counts 1 and 2

Verdict: Guilty

18) Solicitation of funds

Nuts and bolts: Between fall 2003 and May 2004, Levine solicited funds in excess of $5,000 for Levine and Rezko's benefit from Sheldon Pekin in exchange for TRS approval of an investment in LLR.

Background: Same as Count 3.

Verdict: Not guilty

19) Solicitation of funds

Nuts and bolts: Between June 2003 and May 2004, Levine solicited funds in excess of $5,000 for Levine and Rezko's benefit from Sheldon Pekin in exchange for TRS approval of an investment in Stockwell.

Background: Same as Count 3.

Verdict: Not guilty

20) Solicitation of funds

Nuts and bolts: In the spring of 2004, Levine solicited funds in excess of $5,000 for Levine and Rezko's benefit from JER in exchange for TRS approval of an investment in JER.

Background: Same as Counts 4, 5 and 6.

Verdict: Guilty

21) Solicitation of funds

Nuts and bolts: Between the spring of 2003 and May 2004, Levine solicited funds in excess of $5,000 for Levine and Rezko's benefit from Dick Betty in exchange for TRS approval of an investment in IMH.

Background: Same as Counts 9 and 10.

Verdict: Not guilty

22) Solicitation of funds

Nuts and bolts: From January 2004 and May 2004, Levine solicited funds in excess of $5,000 for Levine and Rezko's benefit from Thomas Rosenberg in exchange for TRS approval of an investment in Capri Capital.

Background: Same as Count 16.

Verdict: Not guilty

23) Money laundering

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Sheldon Pekin to give Joseph Aramanda a check for $125,000 on March 4, 2004, knowing the check was designed to conceal the nature of an unlawful transaction.

Background: Same as Counts 1, 2 and 17.

Verdict: Guilty

24) Money laundering

Nuts and bolts: Rezko caused Sheldon Pekin to give Joseph Aramanda a check for $125,000 on April 26, 2004, knowing the check was designed to conceal the nature of an unlawful transaction.

Background: Same as Counts 1, 2, 17 and 23.

Verdict: Guilty

Sources: Jury verdicts, Daily Herald analysis