Guilty Plea In State Capitol Renovation Fraud Case


The Illinois attorney general says the former president of a Peoria-area construction firm involved with Illinois Capitol renovations has pleaded guilty to fraud.

Stephen Roeschley is former president of Morton-based Core Construction Services of Illinois. Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says Roeschley pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud in Sangamon County court. 

Madigan's office says the company used a minority-owned business to obtain a contract as part of the $50 million Illinois Capitol restoration project. Authorities say Roeschley told the Illinois Capital Development Board that BJB Enterprises would meet legal requirements for a woman or minority-owned business.

But authorities say an investigation found BJB Enterprises didn't do any work or provide any materials for the project.

Roeschley was sentenced to 30 months' probation and ordered to pay $800,000 restitution.

Story source: AP