Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed July 31, 2013
Central figure in Blago investigation sentenced to jail
A central figure in the Blagojevich investigation was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in federal prison. IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports:
Jacob Kiferbaum wasn’t in Blagojevich’s inner circle or anything like that, but it was his cooperation that got the ball rolling in the investigation into corruption under former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Kiferbaum was a construction company owner who conspired with Stuart Levine to rig contracts. Levine, a public official under Blagojevich, would use his clout to steer contracts to Kiferbaum who would kick some of the money back to Levine.
Kiferbaum pled guilty way back in 2005 and his cooperation led to Stuart Levine’s conviction. Then Levine started cooperating which led to the convictions of Tony Rezko and ultimately Rod Blagojevich. Kiferbaum has waited on the sidelines as those cases all went to trial.
With his cooperation now complete he was sentenced to 27 months in prison, one of the final people to be sentenced as part of the federal government’s so-called “operation board games” investigation of corruption and Blagojevich.