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Insurance fraud convictions leads to prison time

                             Bradley Chiropractor & former Office Manager plead guilty

A Bradley chiropractor and his office manager are looking at federal prison time after both pleaded guilty to bank and wire fraud and filing false income tax returns and failure to file tax returns.

Both had ties to the Bradley (IL) Chiropractic Clinic.

The U.S. Federal Court in Urbana reported Monday, 72-year-old Joseph Mayotte of Kankakee admitted defrauding Blue Cross / Blue Shield Insurance with false billings worth more than $250,000. Mayotte also admitted failing to file federal income tax returns from 2011 - 2014. Mayotte is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

Last November, the clinic's former office manager, Connie Leadingham of Watseka pleaded guilty to bank fraud and filing false income tax returns. Leadingham admitted submitting the false billings, then wrote checks to herself worth more than $380,000. She also admitted not disclosing the fraudulent funds to the IRS from 2011 - 2013. Leadingham is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

The maximum statutory penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison; for bank fraud the penalty is up to 30 years in prison.

The charges are the result of investigation by the FDIC, IRS, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Slow Growth, but how bad can 2019 be ?

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago says economic growth in the seventh district, which includes Illinois, has slowed. The report, released Monday, says that, in spite of the slowdown in activity and more pessimistic outlooks, it’s still reasonable to think that 2019 will be a decent year for the district’s economy.

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I-57 crash kills Champaign man

Illinois State Police report a 23-year-old Champaign man was killed Monday night when his car was involved in a head-on crash with a semi on I-57 in Kankakee County.

Oscar Valdovinous was southbound when he lost control of his car, went through the center median, then into the northbound lanes where he struck the semi head-on. Police say Valdovinous was pronounced dead at the scene by the Kankakee County Coroner. The driver of the semi was not injured.

I-65 crash kills Wheatfield, IN man --

Snow-covered I-65 led to a semi sliding out of control Sunday in Jasper County, IN. The semi driver, 62-year-old Glenn Sharp of Wheatfield, was killed when his semi collided with another rig at the Demotte exit.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The other truck driver wasn't injured.

Tippecanoe wreck kills woman from Washington state --

A 22-year-old passenger in a car was killed Sunday in Tippecanoe County, IN when the driver of the car slammed into the rear of a stopped semi.

Indiana State Police said Jade Foster of Goldendale, WA died of her injuries. The driver of the car, 25-year-old Kaden Milliren of Goldendale, was treated at a hospital.

Police said the car approached the stopped semi at a high rate of speed and failed to slow down. The accident happened on I-65 near State Road 28.

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Lincoln's Birthday observed

Many government offices and Illinois Secretary of State offices are closed today in observance of Abraham Lincoln's birthday.  Offices reopen for regular business on Wednesday.

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Wintery mix of weather, school closings & delays

Much of Central and Northern Illinois have more winter weather to deal with. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for multiple counties in central and Northern Illinois throughout the day today (Tuesday). The counties are expected to not only see snow but ice accumulation, making driving hazardous.

Slick roads has several school districts closed or operating on a delayed schedule.

Cancellations are posted on the "Cancellation link."

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