An employee of the Cook County Treasurer's office and two other persons have been charged in an alleged bribery scheme, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas announced today.
Marsie Wright, 31, of Chicago, a supervisor in the Treasurer's Office, was charged with bribery and official misconduct. Amilia Reyes, 34, of 10350 Kipling St., Westchester, and Daniel Mingste, of 4830 Boulder Lane, Barrington, were charged with bribery.
Reyes, an employee of Landata Inc., a firm that acquires property tax information which it markets to the mortgage industry, and Mingste, a buyer of delinquent taxes, were charged with giving Wright payments for information for which the Treasurer's Office charges a fee.
"Public service is a public trust," Pappas said. "When we saw that trust being violated, we conducted our own investigation and then called law-enforcement authorities."
Pappas said alleged illegal activity was seen on cameras in the first-floor service area of her office in the Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark Street, Chicago. Cook County sheriff's police and Chicago police investigated, and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved felony charges.
The defendants appeared Tuesday before Judge John Kirby in Branch One Court in the Criminal Court Building at 26th and California, Chicago. Each received a $2,500 bond, and will appear April 19 at Branch 98.