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Blagojevich trial witness: Tony Rezko asked me to direct money to Patti Blagojevich for doing nothing

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Reporting with Sarah Ostman

A government witness has testified that businessman Tony Rezko asked him to cut checks to the former governor's wife even though she hadn't done work for it.

Robert Williams, former chief financial officer of Rezko's Rezmar company said
she was paid $12,000 a month and it was recorded in Rezmar books as consulting.

Prosecutor Carrie Hamilton asked if Williams was aware of any consulting work Patti Blagojevich did.

Williams: "I was not."

Williams is testifying under a grant of immunity.

Williams said he'd occasionally see Patti in the offices.

"She had her children with her," he said and she usually just talked to Rezko.

"Mr. Rezko informed me we wouldn't be writing any more checks after that May, 2004 check," he said.

In January, 2004: Williams is testifying that Rezko gave him a check from Chicago Title and Trust for $40,000. Williams said Rezko told him to deposit it and then cut a check to Patti Blagojevich's River Realty company in the amount of $40,000.

Before that testimony, Williams spoke of another, $15,000 check that Rezko asked be cut for Patti Blagojevich.

In August 2003, Rezko asked Williams to figure out how they could give River Realty a check for around $15,000. Williams realized they'd recently closed on a deal (850 N Ogden LLC project) and if he tacked on a fake 2.5 percent fee on, it would make up the needed figure.

Hamilton asked Williams if he thought Patti Blagojevich had done any work for that money.

The answer was no.

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This is NOT proxy testimony. Williams can ABSOLUTELY testify as to what Rezko told him, Williams, to do. The more I learn of the Blagojevichs the more sickened I become. Were these 10s of thousands of dollars checks fueling Patti's spending habits? Sickening the way these two lived on the public's dime (and apparently any of Blago's fixers' dime). If you can't see the corruption there you're blind.

Rezko's still on Auchi's payroll at Angol Arab. Why should he testify? He sits out another year in the can. The jury aquits Blago. Obama pardons Rezko in 2012. Obama quits. The National nightmare over and these guys still have money in the bank. That may be the best case outcome for the United States by the way. Only guy out in the cold is Dan Frawley? And Alsammarae sitting in the sand in Sammara wishing he was back in cool Oak Brook by the pool.

This is a big dog and pony show !! Rezko is not the only key witness who will not testify.

IF she just talked to Rezko, have Rezko testify!!!

Now the prosecution has proxy testimony? With all the mentioning of Tony Rezko over and over wont' the jury find it a little suspicios that the prosectution won't call him...

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