An employee of the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk has been charged in the ongoing federal probe "investigating the purchasing of jobs and promotions" at the office.
Sivasubramani Rajaram was charged with one count of lying to a grand jury about his communications with Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dororthy Brown and a $15,000 loan he gave to Goat Masters Corporation, a company for which Brown's husband Benton Cook III was president.
Rajaram, who is facing a maximum sentence of five years, allegedly gave the business the loan shortly before he was rehired at the clerk's office in 2014. Rajaram, who previously worked for the clerk's office for more than ten years before leaving in 2011, was rehired to a $30,678 salary position, one month after the loan was given to Goat Masters. He later received a raise to $41,151 in June of this year, according to the Sun-Times.