A Skokie man was sentenced to 85 months in prison after claiming income tax refunds in the names of Romanian students who had visited the U.S., prosecutors say. The U.S. Department of Treasury is out more than $1.6 million.
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A Skokie man has been sentenced to 85 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution after directing more than 20 federal income tax refunds to his homeland in Romania, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois said on Monday. Ovidiu Isac, 31, of Skokie, claimed refunds in the names of Romanian citizens who had visited the U.S. on exchange student visas, authorities said. Isac will be subject to deportation after completing his sentence in the U.S. At least 470 false tax returns, typically claiming refunds between $4,000 and $7,000, were filed and resulted in a loss of more than $1.6 million to the U.S. Treasury during the conspiracy that spanned three tax years between 2007 and 2009. The returns …
Alex Campbell used violence and threats to keep four women from Ukraine and Belarus working in a commercial sex operation. He took their documents, gave them little or no pay and subsistence. Feds sentenced him for sex-trafficking and other crimes.
Alex Campbell, a former Glenview resident and Mt. Prospect massage parlor owner, was sentenced to life in prison Monday for sex-trafficking, forced labor, harboring illegal aliens, confiscating passports to further forced labor and extorting four foreign women whom he mentally and physically abused while forcing them to work for him, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Justice Department announced. “The seriousness of Campbell’s crimes cannot be overstated, nor could the government put into words the magnitude of harm or the life-altering consequences of Campbell’s actions," prosecutors argued in urging a life sentence, according to a press release from the Justice Department. "An evaluation of the seriousness of what Campbell has done must…