Former Illinois Governor George Ryan Found Guilty in Trial

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan Found Guilty in Trial
By: Heartland News

A federal jury in Chicago has found former Governor George Ryan and businessman Larry Warner guilty on all charges after a five-month trial in federal court.

A racketeering conspiracy charge included in the 22-count indictment carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. The jury deliberated for ten days before returning its verdict, ending the state's biggest political corruption trial in decades.

The 72-year-old Ryan was charged with racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, obstructing the Internal Revenue Service, tax fraud and lying to F-B-I agents. His co-defendant was charged with racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, attempted extortion, illegally structuring bank withdrawals and money laundering. The trial capped an eight-year investigation of corruption when Ryan was secretary of state for eight years in the 1990s and governor for four starting in 1999.