Former Rod Blagojevich fundraiser pleads guilty to fraud
The former chief fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov.
Rod Blagojevich has pleaded guilty to taking part in a $8.5 million fraud arising from hangar roofing contracts at Chicago's O'Hare airport.
Christopher Kelly is the former head of the Friends of Rod Blagojevich campaign fund. He entered his plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
A signed plea agreement calls for Kelly to serve a 57-month prison sentence on top of a 37 month term he must serve in an unrelated tax case.
He was once the master of Rod Blagojevich’s lucrative campaign fund and the “go-to” guy in the ex-governor’s administration.
Christopher Kelly then publicly distanced himself from the former governor — but even in Blagojevich’s final weeks in office, he privately remained a confidant and friend.
But Kelly’s loyalty has cost him, ultimately bringing the weight of the feds down on him in three indictments.
On Tuesday, Kelly notched his second guilty plea, and with it, the likelihood of spending nearly eight years behind bars. He’s set to surrender early — Sept. 18 — to start serving his time.
Still, Kelly hasn’t cracked.