Former Illinois congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has resigned as chairman of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, officers introduced Monday.
The transfer comes days after federal prosecutors in California revealed LaHood paid a high quality in 2019 for failing to reveal a $50,000 mortgage from a international nationwide whereas a member President Barack Obama’s cupboard.
A spokeswoman says Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who appointed LaHood to the put up, accepted his resignation.
“Gov. Pritzker is grateful for Mr. LaHood’s service, and particularly his imaginative and prescient in attracting an impressive and historic new govt director: Christina Shutt. His stewardship of the museum throughout this pandemic additionally preserved this exceptional Illinois gem,” Emily Bittner stated in a press release.
Federal prosecutors final week revealed LaHood paid a $40,000 high quality for failing to reveal a mortgage from Lebanese-Nigerian businessman Gilbert Chagoury. LaHood, denied to FBI brokers he acquired a $50,000 mortgage from Chagoury by way of an middleman till he was proven a replica of the verify. He additionally didn’t inform brokers he knew Chagoury was the final word supply of the mortgage.
The mortgage was uncovered throughout an investigation of Chagoury that was unrelated to LaHood, authorities stated. LaHood, who was transportation secretary from 2009 to 2013, was struggling monetary difficulties on the time of the mortgage.
In an settlement with federal prosecutors, LaHood agreed to repay Chagoury and pay the high quality.
Prosecutors stated they agreed to not prosecute LaHood due to his “willingness to acknowledge and settle for duty” for his actions, his cooperation with the federal government, the character of the offense and “LaHood’s substantial mitigating components.”
LaHood has declined to touch upon the case in opposition to him.
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