Former pastor to President Barack Obama Jeremiah Wright’s daughter has been indicted for fraud, and Jeri Wright of Hazel Crest, Illinois faces two counts of money laundering, two counts of making false statements to officers and seven counts of giving false grand jury testimony.
Jeremiah Wright’s daughter is 47, and the indictment comes after allegations she participated knowingly in a money laundering scheme and subsequently lied to investigators in an attempt to cover up the alleged crime.
Wright’s father Jeremiah Wright is the former pastor of the President, and has sparked much controversy in the past due to statements he’d made, including one in 2009 in which he said of his current relationship with Barack Obama:
“Them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office.”
He later said on the show Make It Plain:
“Let me say like Hillary, I misspoke. Let me just say: Zionists… I’m not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith, I’m talking about Zionists.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, Jeremiah Wright’s daughter Jeri is accused of assisting Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans in a paycheck-related embezzlement scheme, and the paper explains:
“Federal prosecutors in the Illinois’ central district say Jeri Wright received about $28,000 in grant-tied paychecks in 2009, but $20,000 of that was deposited back into accounts controlled by Evans. Prosecutors also say Wright then lied to officers and a grand jury.”
“The charges emerge about a year after Evans was charged with fraud in relation to a $1.25 million job training grant awarded to her nonprofit, We Are Our Brothers Keeper.”
Neither Jeremiah Wright’s daughter nor the pastor officially commented on the indictment or charges.