William Beavers, a former alderman and current Cook County Board Commissioner for District 4 of Cook County, Illinois was found guilty today in his tax evasion trial.
Federal prosecutors said that although Beavers gambled $500,000, he was on trial for failing to report as income more than $225,000 in campaign cash he used for personal expenses, including gambling sprees.
Beavers, 78-year-old, was represented by Sam Adam Sr. and his lawyer son, Sam Adam Jr. The defense team argued that their client had borrowed the money from his campaign fund with the intent to pay back. During his opening statement, Adam used the phrases "tax forms" and "his intent" and "only a loan." Prosecutors brushed off Beavers' claim that he was simply borrowing the money from his campaign with the intent he'd pay it back. "That's a lie!
The father and son team also represented Illinois' former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The former governor is currently serving 14-year sentence for corruption. Meanwhile, Blagojevich's predecessor former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, 78-year-old, was recently released from prison. He was convicted of corruption in 2006 and sentenced to six and a half years in prison.