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CHICAGO � The U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago announced that it has indicted Chicago lawyer and former politician Edward R. Vrdolyak, charging him with one count of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and one count of bribery in a kickback scheme related to the sale of a property in the city owned by a medical school. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald alleges that Vrdolyak crafted the kickback scheme with Stuart Levine, a member of the board of trustees for the medical school, who pleaded guilty last year to mail fraud and money laundering as part of the federal probe. Vrdolyak and Levine arranged to split a $1.5 million payment that Vrdolyak would receive in the sale of the property by the Chicago Medical School, now known as the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, to Smithfield Properties Development LLC in 2004 for $15 million, according to the indictment. Vrdolyak founded the Chicago-based Vrdolyak Law Group in 1963 and the “family-run business” now has 16 attorneys, including Vrodolyak’s three sons, Peter, John and Eddie, according the firm’s Web site. The firm, which has three Chicago area offices, specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation issues, the site says. Vrdolyak, 69, was a Chicago city council alderman from 1971 to 1987 and Cook Country Democratic Party chairman from 1982 to 1988 before running unsuccessfully for mayor of the city as a Republican in 1989, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a release.

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