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.