Felony charges have been filed against a high-level bureaucrat. If convicted, he will be heading to prison for a while — and there’s no telling what else will be found during this investigation that could add to his time.
George Coleman Jr. currently works at the Department of Aviation in Chicago as the deputy commissioner for intergovernmental affairs. He has been with the city for 25 years, but might not be for much longer.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, prosecutors have accused Coleman “of racking up thousands of dollars in purchases — including for booze and patio furniture — and then later disputing the charges.”
The 47-year-old appeared at a hearing this week and was released after posting bail. Now begins the trial phase, in which prosecutors will work hard to prove Coleman’s alleged fraud.
The purchases were made on Coleman’s American Express card at places such as a furniture store, a liquor store, and Home Depot. American Express opened an investigation after Coleman disputed many of the charges he made.
“Coleman allegedly made admissions to making all the purchases after he was taken into custody, prosecutors said,” according to the Sun-Times. His lawyer is arguing that he has a “reasonable explanation” for his actions.
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