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South Side businessman indicted in scheme to steal state health grants

A federal grand jury has indicted a South Side businessman for allegedly masterminding a scheme in which state cancer, HIV-prevention and other health grants were used to buy three Mercedes-Benz cars and renovate vacation homes in Savannah, Ga. and Hilton Head, S.C.

The 23-count fraud, money-laundering and tax-evasion indictment unsealed Friday accuses former Illinois Medical District board member Leon Dingle Jr., 75; his wife, Karin, 73, and two others of stealing a total of $3.7 million in state health grants.

Besides spending that taxpayer money on luxury cars and vacation homes, authorities allege the four spent it on a $95,066 mortgage payment for Leon Dingle’s son, college tuition bills, skybox college football tickets and other personal expenses for family members…

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