Convicted democrat


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“Arroyo, 67, of Chicago, resigned from the Illinois House one month after being charged on a single allegation of bribery in October 2019. WTTW reports that he pled guilty to one count of wire fraud in November last year.
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Chicago Board of Ethics documents show that Arroyo was registered as a lobbyist for sweepstakes legislation at his indictment.” According to the site, James Weiss, the owner of sweepstakes business College LLC and husband of former state representative Maria “Toni” Berrios, is accused by prosecutors of paying him $10,000 to advocate legislation legalizing gaming machines.
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Arroyo requested that the court assess his whole life’s work as part of the hearing, which did not move the judge.
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“It’s impossible for me to express how terrible I feel.” Arroyo told the court that what he had done was “terrible” and was sorry for it. “I am aware that my decision has implications. That’s something I can handle. “Today is the first day of the rest of my life when I fully assume full responsibility.”
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As a result of the defense’s argument that Arroyo was only acting as a “conduit” for Weiss’ payments to an Illinois politician known only as “State Senator A,” they contended that he was not a “receiver of bribe.”
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According to Arroyo’s lawyer Michael Gillespie, “there is no doubt that Mr. Arroyo did take money from co-defendant James T. Weiss to provide State Senator A as part of the bribery conspiracy.” No portion of the immediate transgression is denied, and he takes full responsibility for his conduct.

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In a prior filing, Assistant United States Attorney James Durkin said that Arroyo’s bribery plan was not a “momentary slip in judgment.” Instead, he executed a sequence of activities that were premeditated and deliberate.

When he committed this act, he was fully aware of what was right and wrong, as Durkin stated. However, to further his interests, he put the welfare of his citizens and his position in jeopardy.
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In addition to receiving a sentence of five years in jail, Arroyo was also forced to forfeit $32,500, which was the amount that Seeger believed he had received from Weiss’ firm as bribes. Seeger’s investigation revealed that Arroyo had taken these payments.

Arroyo must turn himself in by the 31st of August to start serving his sentence.