Natasha Korecki: March 2009 Archives

Buddy of key witness to plead guilty

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Dr. Robert Weinstein, who was the behind-the-scenes deal-maker with key government witness Stuart Levine, is scheduled to plead guilty tomorrow, according to court records.
Weinstein is a long-time friend and confidante of Levine, who testified for 15 days in the trial of onetime gubernatorial fund-raiser Tony Rezko. Levine said he used Weinstein as a conduit to hide money.
Weinstein didn't testify at Rezko's two-month trial, but he and
Levine's conversations about illicit state schemes -- covertly caught on tape -- were played to jurors in the case.
Weinstein was charged last year in a scheme that raided the Chicago Medical School and North Shore Supporting Organization, a charity, of millions of dollars.
Weinstein, who has homes in Northbrook and Delray Beach, Fla., is
accused of siphoning $6 million from NSO with Levine and diverting
money from a development project at 2020 W. Ogden, according to charges.
On Friday, prosecutors charged Weinstein in a superseding information, which usually precedes a guilty plea. His court docket indicates a guilty plea is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Levine and Weinstein were trustees of the medical school and NSO.
The medical school is now known as Rosalind Franklin University of
Medicine and Science in North Chicago.
Levine and Weinstein misused their trustee positions and pocketed
money belonging to the organizations, prosecutors charged. Levine
has pleaded guilty and has been cooperating with the government
since 2006.

Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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