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William Beavers Indicted: Cook County Commissioner Accused Of Tax Fraud

Feb 23, 2012 | Updated Feb 23, 2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was indicted Thursday on allegations of tax fraud.

Beavers told the Chicago Sun-Times he believes he was indicted because he refused to "wear a wire" on his commissioner colleague John Daley, the former mayor's brother. Daley claims he is unaware if he is under federal investigation.

"They tried to get to me to become a stool pigeon and I wouldn’t become a stool pigeon," Beavers told the Sun-Times. "They wanted me to wear a wire on John Daley. S---."

The indictment was announced Thursday afternoon by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald who argued in a statement that "if politicians choose to use their campaign funds for personal use then they, like all the citizens they serve, share the obligation to honestly report their income and pay the correct amount of taxes," the Tribune reports.

If convicted, Beavers faces a sentence of up to three years in prison plus a $250,000 fine -- plus restitution -- for each of the four charges, according to CBS.

Beavers was elected as a Cook County Commissioner in 2006 and served as the 7th Ward alderman on Chicago's City Council from 1983 to 2006. He also worked as a Chicago police officer for over two decades.

The Tribune reports that he has been a vocal supporter of old-school, "machine-style" Chicago politics -- and has praised "the merits of patronage hiring."

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