CHICAGO – The proprietor of a Chicago-area fence set up firm, together with two Prepare dinner County staff, have been charged in a bribery scheme.
Robert Mitziga, proprietor of Fence Masters, Inc., allegedly conspired with staff of the Prepare dinner County Assessor’s Workplace (CCAO) to decrease the assessed worth of his properties to decrease his taxes.
In accordance with the indictment, from February to November 2017, Mitziga, 65, allegedly conspired with an govt of one other firm and Basilio Clausen, 51, of Crown Level, Indiana, who was employed by the CCAO as a residential subject inspector to scale back his property assessments.
He conspired with Lumni Likovski, 47, of Burbank, who was employed by the CCAO as a director of taxpayer companies and Lavdim Memisovski, who was employed by the CCAO as a business group chief, as nicely.
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Mitziga has additionally been charged with bribing Clausen, Likovski, and Memisovski. Likovski has been charged with accepting a bribe as a public official.
Memisovski was charged for conspiring to simply accept bribes on July 6, 2022. He pled responsible to having engaged in a bribery scheme with the proprietor of a Chicago space building firm from 2016 to 2019.
Fence Masters and the opposite firm concerned had properties in Prepare dinner County that have been being re-assessed by CCAO. The 2 firms appealed the re-assessed values of their properties to the CCAO.
As brokers of the CCAO, Clausen, Likovski, and Memisovski accepted bribes from Mitziga and the opposite govt within the type of golf outings, meals and drinks.
In trade, Clausen and Likovski circumvented the common system of random project of appeals to route the appeals to Memisovski, who diminished the assessed values on the properties, based on the indictment.
The fees carry a doable sentence vary of 5 to 10 years in federal jail.