A Former Illinois Democrat State Representative, Luis Arroyo is set to spend nearly five years in prison for being involved in a bribery scheme.
Back in November, Arroyo had entered a blind guilty plea for accepting thousands of dollars in bribery for promoting a gambling bill legalizing sweepstakes machines.
Last week on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger announced a verdict and sentenced Arroyo to 56 months in federal prison.
Arroyo requested leniency in this verdict because of his “life of public service” but the judge rejected this request calling this conduct “dirty”
Arroyo was indicted just a year after he resigned from the Illinois State House, back in November 2019. Federal prosecutors accused Arroyo along with his co-defendant, James Weiss, who is the owner of a video sweepstakes company of paying a state senator $2500 every month for his support of legislation that turned out to be beneficial to the video gambling industry.
The two allegedly concealed the monthly payments with the help of a sham consulting contract and a monthly check was sent from Weiss’ company to a person chosen by the State Senator.
As per the charges filed on August 2nd, 2019, Arroyo offered to arrange for Weiss to be bribed to the state senator for his support of the legislation that would directly benefit Weiss’ company.
Arroyo delivered a $2,500 check to the senator at a Skokie restaurant and told him that similar payments would continue for 12 months.
The FBI was allegedly recording this meeting where Arroyo told the senator, “I’m going to give you this here. This is, this is, this is the jackpot.”
Another payment was sent to the senator in October 2019 along with a sham consulting contract. When asked about these payments, Weiss lied to the FBI according to prosecutors.
Weiss is the son-in-law of former Cook County Democratic Party Chair, Joseph Berrios.
According to multiple reports, the senator, in this case, was former State Senator Terry Link. However, federal prosecutors have not identified him on any of the filed documents.
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