CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Cook County Commissioner William Beavers Convicted Of Tax-Evasion

Source: Annie Sweeney / Chicago Tribune

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was convicted today on tax-evasion charges at the federal courthouse in downtown Chicago.

A jury convicted Beavers on one count of corruptly impeding the Internal Revenue Service and three counts of filing a false federal income tax return for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

A defiant Beavers continued to insist his innocence as he left the courthouse in the Loop and continued to claim he was put on trial only because he would not wear a wire for federal investigators.

“Ray Charles could see that,” Beavers joked. “They thought I was a punk.”

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