Raghuveer Nayak pleads guilty to fraud, Obama Blagojevich ties, Bribed doctors to send patients to his surgery centers, By 2008 donated $ 750K to Obama Blagojevich et al
Why did Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department wait until December 2008 to arrest Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells
“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich
“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren
The ghosts of Obama’s past are still appearing.
From the Chicago Tribune September 20, 2013.
“Key figure in Blagojevich saga pleads guilty to fraud
Businessman accused of bribing doctors to perform procedures at his surgery centers”
“Raghuveer Nayak, an influential Chicago businessman who figured in the downfalls of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., pleaded guilty Friday in his own criminal case to federal fraud charges that he bribed doctors to send patients to surgery centers he owns.
A major fundraiser for Blagojevich and Jackson, Nayak was never charged in his central role in the Blagojevich corruption saga. But he faced an October trial on multiple counts of fraud and filing false tax returns involving his Illinois and Indiana surgery centers.
In a deal reached Friday, Nayak, 58, pleaded guilty to one count each of impeding the IRS and mail fraud. The mail fraud charge is under the controversial “honest services” provision of federal criminal law. Nayak reserved the right to appeal the mail fraud count if another federal court upholds a challenge to the “honest services” provision in a separate case.
Nayak is seeking as little as 18 months in prison, while prosecutors said they want up to five years and three months. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Jan. 22-23.”
“Nayak made millions of dollars from his surgery centers — private facilities where doctors perform outpatient procedures, from plastic surgery to orthopedics.
Nayak also became a go-to political fundraiser in Chicago’s Indian community. He hosted fundraisers and often contributed himself.
He gave mostly to Democrats, and by 2008 he and his wife had spread more than $750,000 to politicians, including Blagojevich, Obama, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Gov. Pat Quinn.”