Daughter of Obama’s pastor going to jail for pocketing grant money.
Jeri Wright, the daughter of “black liberation theology” preacher Jeramiah Wright, was sent to jail Monday. She is awaiting sentencing for Federal embezzlement charges. Wright is one of twelve Democrats convicted of stealing Illinois grant money. Wright pocketed $11,000 in state funds that were supposed to be used to support charities.
A judge revoked Wright’s bail because she is accused of committing more crimes. She allegedly received over $8 in stolen money from a temporary agency in 2014.
Jeri L. Wright, the daughter of President Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, was headed to jail Monday after a judge revoked a deal that allowed her to remain free as she awaits sentencing on a money-laundering conviction.
U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough 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. attorney’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.
Between Feb. 12, 2014, and May 28, 2014, Wright allegedly got 13 payments totaling $8,192 from a temporary staffing agency “for work she never performed” for a plastics factory in Franklin, Indiana, according to a court filing this month. U.S. Probation Officer Eric W. Fox wrote that Wright “committed theft” by accepting the payments, which allegedly were authorized by a since-fired plant manager who is under investigation for “making fraudulent credit card charges and hiring several” ghost payrollers.