Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was found guilty of four counts of tax evasion today, specifically for falsifying tax documents for the years of 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Prosecutors accused Beavers of taking money from his campaign fund for personal use, including gambling, and failing to pay taxes on the money. The Cook County Commissioner, who is set to lose his job due to the guilty verdict, also took some $68,000 from his campaign fund and funneled it into his pension, neglecting to declare it on his taxes. Prosecutors also say Beavers did not pay taxes on some $28,000 in county expense funds that he used on himself.
Beavers, who did not testify in his trial, appeared not to take the verdict too hard, telling reporters after leaving the courtroom that, "This is a case of a man against the UNited States government, okay. It wasn't about me, it was about a whole lot of people that don't ahve to kiss the government's ass to get along with them. That's what its all about ... This is a case of not cooperating with the FBI ... if you lose, you lose. What have I got to lose?"
"No, he (Judge James Zagel) can't put me in there (jail) for nine years, because I'm not going to live that long," 78 year-old Beavers added with a laugh.