Two former executives of Intercounty Title Company and Independent Trust Co. (also known as Intrust) just got sentenced to 14 years in the Federal pen for defrauding 20,000 investors.
Laurence Capriotte and Jack Hargrove are the bad guys in this $90+ million scheme.
Just for fun, I decided to see to whom these crooks made campaign contributions.
None of the recipients have been accused of doing anything wrong in connection with the contributions, but let's take a look anyway.
I tried “Independent Trust” first and guess what popped up?
$500 to Citizens for Governor George Ryan--since convicted of racketeering--on September 22, 1998.
Now, it wasn’t Independent Trust Company. It was Independent Trust Corporation (15255 S 94th Ave Ste 303, Orland Park, IL 60462), but the odds are good that the two are related, if not the same company. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office has only the Corporation registered.
Next I plugged in “Capriotte.”
Not a dime of contributions.
Next in was “Hargrove.”
There’s more than one, so I looked for “Jack Hargrove” and found a $2,000 October 17, 1997, contribution to Poshard for Governor.
I’m not sure what to make of the two contributions. It is interesting that Ryan’s contribution comes after the one to Poshard.
While the Tribune story did not mention Intercounty Title Company, the Associated Press story did.
Typing in just “Intercounty,” I hit paydirt.
56 contributions totaling $58,499 from different entities, all located at 120 W. Madison in Chicago.
Most are for Intercounty Title Co Of Illinois, a couple are listed Intercounty National Title and one as Intercounty Title Co Sas PAC, which I cannot find registered as a political action committee.
So, let’s see who Intercounty sought to influence.
Let’s go for the big ones first.
Getting $5,000 were
· Friends of Lee Daniels (plus $1,600 in 1995 and 1997)All were in 1996, except DeLeo’s, which was in 1998.
· Committee to Elect James A. Deleo and
· Aldo DeAngelis, P.A.
Citizens for Emil Jones received $2,500 in 1996.
Citizens for Jim Myers got $1,650 in 1997, following $500 in 1995 and $1,250 in 1994. Myers’ committee also got a $298 CD player in 1999.
$1,600 was given to Citizens to Re-Elect Thomas J. Walsh in 1997 (plus $500 in 1999).
$1,500 was given to Jesse White in 1998, while State Rep. Bob Churchill got the same amount in 1996. Churchill also received $250 in 1997.
Citizens for George Ryan received $1,400 in 1997.
Which other folks who have been governor got checks from Intercounty?
For contributions $1,000 or less, plus those to others who were or became governors, go to McHenry County Blog. At the bottom of this story is that link, plus a link to where you can play Campaign Finance CSI. (Well, maybe there was no political crime, but it's a catchy title, isn't it?)
There are some names of individuals next to some of the Intercounty entries that might yield further clues to why these folks were making political contributions.