* To those who know her, this is probably a big surprise…
Former State Rep. Constance “Connie” Howard, a once-prominent South Side Democrat, is expected to plead guilty to a single count of federal mail fraud Wednesday related to misusing scholarship funds from a charity she founded.
Howard is expected to admit skimming roughly $28,000 out of about $76,700 raised between 2003 and 2007 from the Tee Off For Technology charity golf outing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield.
The money that she took went for personal and political purposes and to the benefit of an unnamed individual.
The event was designed to raise scholarship funds for needy students pursuing college degrees in computer science and related fields. But out of the nearly $77,000 raised, Howard is expected to admit awarding only five $2,500 scholarships.
…Adding… From the US Attorney’s office…
Today, at 1:30 p.m., a court hearing is scheduled in Springfield, in federal court, for former Illinois State Representative Constance ‘Connie’ Howard to waive indictment and enter a plea of guilty to an information charging her with a single count of mail fraud. Howard is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore.
For more information, the case U.S. v. Constance A. Howard, Court Docket #13-30057, and the filed information are available at the U.S. Clerk of the Court, on PACER… The U.S. Attorney’s Office expects to issue a news release following completion of the scheduled court hearing.