Feds Seek 5 Years For Former State Rep. Derrick Smith On Bribery Charge

Source: CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) – He called cash bribes “cheddar.” Now former State Rep. Derrick Smith is probably going to have to eat some hard cheese.

Maybe five years of it in federal prison.

Convicted last summer of shaking down a day care business for a $7,000 bribe in return for writing a letter of support for a state grant application, Smith had been set to be sentenced Thursday, but his hearing has been rescheduled for March 17.

Prosecutors say he “extorted this money because he could and pocketed it because he thought no one would ever know,” and that he was motivated by “nothing other than simple greed.”

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