A Chicago realtor charged with felony corruption has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
John O’Dell is the fourth Chicago realty official to be indicted in the case.
He’s accused of taking kickbacks from a Chicago realtors association to promote the company’s sales.
The charges stem from an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Illinois, which is part of the U-S-A office of the Justice Department.
Prosecutors said O’Reilly and his company received $3.5 million in kickbacks in exchange for his association promoting the company.
They also say O’Rell accepted a $4.6 million contract from a company to promote a real estate listing.
Federal prosecutors say O’tell and his firm used their public office to solicit kickbacks, but did not actually receive them.
They’re also accused of violating ethics rules that bar members from accepting gifts, gifts and commissions from people who have a personal or business interest in promoting a business.
A spokesman for O’Neill’s office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The U.K. embassy in Chicago declined to comment on the indictment.
The indictment alleges that O’Neal and his son took the kickbacks because they were under contract with O’Lonesome Real Estate, which O’Neil had previously been managing.
The real estate association, which represents brokers and other real estate agents, said it has been cooperating with the Justice for the People office.