Political Fixer Rezko Arrested

By From The Blotter

Jan 28, 2008 10:45am

Illinois political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko was arrested by federal agents early this morning outside of his Wilmette home. "Tony Rezko was arrested without incident at his home in Wilmette," FBI spokesman Tom Simon said. "It was pursuant to a warrant issued following a government motion to revoke his bond." Rezko was taken into custody for an alleged bond violation, and the Chicago Tribune, who first reported the arrest, cites a source who said investigators had become concerned about "the movement of some of his finances." Rezko, who is scheduled to go on trial on federal corruption charges next month, has numerous ties to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama who, as a lawyer, worked on several Rezko real estate deals and later received large campaign contributions from Rezko and his associates.    In addition, Rezko played a role in Obama’s purchase of a new home in 2005, at a time when Rezko was already reported to be under federal investigation. An ABC News analysis last week found Rezko and his associates had donated a little more than $185,000 to the Obama Senate and presidential campaigns. A spokesperson for Obama said $85,000 of that had been given to charity. Over the weekend, Obama said any additional funds found to be linked to Rezko would also be contributed to charity.    This post has been updated.
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