Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Jan Schakowsky's husband sentenced to 5 months

Crain's Chicago Business reports:
The husband of an Illinois congresswoman was sentenced to five months in federal prison Wednesday for writing rubber checks and failing to pay withholding taxes.

Robert Creamer, 58, also faces 11 months of house arrest once he finishes his sentence. His wife, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

"First and foremost, I want to apologize for my actions," Creamer told U.S. District Judge James B. Moran while Schakowsky, looked on sorrowfully from a front-row seat.

Moran said that Creamer had acted not to get money for himself but to keep a public interest group that he founded from going broke. The judge also said that neither the banks nor the government had suffered any "out-of-pocket loss" as a result of the check-kiting scheme.

But Moran brushed aside arguments from scores of politically connected Creamer well-wishers that he had devoted his life to the poor and the downtrodden and thus deserved a lighter sentence.

Moran said Creamer had indeed shown himself "a champion of the little folks."

"But in our system, ordinary folks, if they get caught kiting checks or not paying their taxes, they end up going to jail," Moran said. He said the fact that Creamer had "caused a lot of well connected people to think very highly of him does not seem to me to be a basis for treating him differently from anybody else."
This is the same Robert Creamer hired by a George Soros group.Creamer sure knows how to fight for the "little people".Now that Robert Creamer is going to jail,Jan Schakowsky can spend more time with her friends the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.