Illinois - (ECWd)
We have confirmed that Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino's campaign treasurer has, in fact, testified before a Criminal Grand Jury.
- Q. Okay. Have you ever received any other subpoenas for documents or depositions in which the Committee for Frank J. Mautino was the subject of the subpoena?
- A. I received a subpoena from Grand Marshall Federal, the Feds.
- Q. The U.S. Attorney's office?
- A. Yes.
- Q. And when did you receive that subpoena?
- A. That was back February of 2016. (We broke this story January 21st of 2016!)
- Q. Okay. And did you respond to that subpoena?
- A. Yes. I had to testify.
- Q. Okay. And you testified in a deposition?
- A. No, I testified in front of a Grand Jury.
The deposition shines a lot of light on things to include his own Treasurer making gas purchases for her personal vehicle along with her husband. Her testimony included the truth about Mautino's Campaign not owning any actual campaign vehicles, which makes his reporting of thousands of dollars for "gas and camp. vehicles repair" on his D2's highly suspicious.
The deposition also shines some light on the massive number of checks written to Spring Valley Bank. Turns out those checks were a means of simply cashing a check, some for amounts of $8,000.00 and more, with the claim it was cash used to pay for campaign-related matters. The treasurer's belief, according to the deposition, was that these funds were used for campaign-related matters.
Never mind the fact that the vast majority of the checks had nothing in the memo section and most had no receipts to support the expenditure. The appearance points to money laundering as these campaign checks are being written to Spring Valey Bank and cashed. In 2014 a check was cashed (see page 43) for $10,000 and other than a D2 reporting "claiming" it was for campaign-related costs, there is no physical evidence to support what is documented in the reporting to the state because those records, assuming they actually existed, have been destroyed. Is it time to buy stock in shredders in Illinois?
The check cashing practice provides the impression of money laundering as these campaign checks are being written to Spring Valey Bank and cashed. In 2010 a total of $24,445.04 in checks were cashed with no supporting record of what it was for and nothing listed in the memo section of the check.
For now, we can only wonder what the US Attorney's office is going to do with this information. At a minimum, we suspect Federal Agents are going to be busy tracking down 89 campaign workers just on the claimed $10,000 cashed check expenditure. "44 poll watchers at $125 each, 30 phone callers at $100 each, 15 callers at $10o" (See page 20 of the deposition below)
As we continue to dive through these records we will update accordingly.
The deposition may not show up below due to its size but you can download at the link provided.