It serves watery coffee and a buttery Monte Cristo, but no alcohol. Today, 17, people live in Yorkville. Old Yorkville, as people wistfully call it, consisted of 4, people and a single traffic light. Hastert went on to become one of the most powerful men in the United States, the speaker of the House of Representatives. Hastert — as if he had never ceased to be the social studies teacher he was from to The people who really knew him, though, call him Coach.
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Dennis Hastert on Tuesday as he left the courthouse in Chicago. He is suspected of lying to the authorities about his bank withdrawals. Dennis Hastert, a former Illinois congressman, appeared in federal court in Chicago to plead not guilty to charges that he structured cash withdrawals from banks to avoid detection and then lied to federal investigators about it. Hastert used the money to pay a former student — known only as Individual A — to not disclose that Mr.
Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, people briefed on the federal investigation have said. The Charges In an indictment made public on May 28, Mr. Hastert, a former high school teacher and coach who became the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, was charged with making cash withdrawals in a manner intended to avoid detection by bank officials — a practice known as structuring — then lying about the purpose of the withdrawals to the federal authorities.
Hastert made large cash withdrawals from banks, giving the money to a person who is identified only as Individual A in the indictment. At first, Mr. Bank officials questioned Mr. Hastert about the transactions. Prosecutors say that Mr. When questioned by the F. Hastert claimed that he was keeping the cash because he did not trust the banking system, the indictment says.
Federal authorities accused the former House speaker of structuring withdrawals from various accounts in order to avoid bank reporting requirements. Hastert has not been charged with sexually abusing Individual A, the former student whom officials say Mr. Sexual abuse would typically be prosecuted on the state level, and it appears that the statute of limitations has expired, legal experts said. At least one other person has accused Mr.
Hastert of sexual abuse. Jolene Burdge of Billings, Mont. Hastert had sexually abused her brother, Stephen Reinboldt, who was an equipment manager for the high school wrestling team that Mr. Hastert coached in Yorkville, Ill. Reinboldt, who graduated in , died of AIDS in Who is Individual A? One of the central mysteries of the case against Mr.
Hastert is the identity of the man who is described in the indictment as a victim of misconduct by Mr. Prosecutors have not revealed his name or said whether they will eventually do so. Under some circumstances, Individual A might be subject to charges of extortion, but the person appears to be cooperating with prosecutors, and it is unclear whether there will be an accusation of criminal activity. Hastert taught in Yorkville from to He coached the wrestling and football teams, worked with the Boy Scouts for 16 years and chaperoned male students on trips to the Bahamas, Utah and the Grand Canyon.
Many former students who were coached by Mr. Hastert said that they were stunned to hear of the allegations and that they had witnessed nothing improper while in Mr. The Likely Defense Strategy Mr. Former prosecutors say that if the facts in the indictment are accurate, Mr. Hastert has a difficult defense to make.
On the structuring charge, Mr. Because the indictment says that banking officials questioned him directly about his larger withdrawals and that he modified the size of withdrawals shortly afterward, prosecutors appear to have compelling evidence that Mr.
Hastert was trying to hide his actions. Reid J. Schar, a former United States attorney who was the lead prosecutor in the corruption case against former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, said that if Mr.
Hastert tried to argue that he did not understand the requirements on cash withdrawals, he would have to testify in his own defense. On the charge of lying to investigators, Mr.
Hastert could admit to lying but argue that the lie did not impede the investigation.
Former speaker indicted for hush money cover-up
Dennis Hastert on Tuesday as he left the courthouse in Chicago. He is suspected of lying to the authorities about his bank withdrawals. Dennis Hastert, a former Illinois congressman, appeared in federal court in Chicago to plead not guilty to charges that he structured cash withdrawals from banks to avoid detection and then lied to federal investigators about it. Hastert used the money to pay a former student — known only as Individual A — to not disclose that Mr. Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, people briefed on the federal investigation have said.
Hastert Indictment Casts Shadow Over All-American Town
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