The chickens are coming home to roost for the daughter of Obama’s infamous mentor Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
In September 2013, Jeri Wright, Â and 12 other Democrats were charged with embezzling $16 million in Federal health grants that should have gone to AIDS charities and other programs for the poor and needy. SheÂ was convicted last March of 11 corruption counts, including money laundering and lying to a grand jury, in a case tied to a state grant.
Monday,Â U.S. District Judge Sue E. MyerscoughÂ revoked a deal that allowed her to remain free as she awaits sentencing on a money-laundering conviction.
The judge ruled there was probable cause to believe Wright committed a separate theft while on bail, thereby violating terms of her supervised release, according to Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorneyâ€™s office in the Central District of Illinois.
The judge ordered Wright, who appeared in court in Springfield, to be taken into custody by U.S. marshals.
The theft in question occured between Feb. 12, 2014, and May 28, 2014. Wright allegedly got 13 payments totaling $8,192 from a temporary staffing agency â€œfor work she never performedâ€ for a plastics factory in Franklin, Indiana, according to a court filing this month. U.S. Probation Officer Eric W. Fox wrote that Wright â€œcommitted theftâ€ by accepting the payments, which allegedly were authorized by a since-fired plant manager who is under investigation for â€œmaking fraudulent credit card charges and hiring severalâ€ ghost payrollers.
Wrightâ€™s attorney, Victor P. Henderson tried to argue thatÂ Wright legitimately earned the money and presented emails she had exchanged to try to convince the judge.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Bass quickly poked holes in the argument by quizzing a company comptroller, who testified on Friday and Monday that Wright wasnâ€™t a legitimate employee and has never been seen at the small plant.
Bass said the Indiana allegations were similar to the money laundering case.
â€œShe received the money, and she spent it,â€ Bass said.
Wrightâ€™s attorney asked the judge to consider putting Wright on house arrest until she is sentenced in the money laundering case.Â The judge said she would reconsider if evidence surfaced that showed Wright actually had done any work for the Indiana firm, but for now Wright is to remain locked up.