OF Deputy Fire Chief Charlie Sopko an...
Marcos

Forest Park, IL

#24 Dec 23, 2013
$100000.00 each but any monies put up have to be proven not to come from ilgotten gains. Also froze his monies he collected for washington tornado
Eddie F

Chicago, IL

#25 Dec 23, 2013
from the Patch:
"O’Malley countered that it is those same fire and community connections that has allowed the couple to stay ahead of the investigation. He alleges they learned of a sealed secret grand jury investigation earlier this year and were made aware of the warrant issued against them last week before it was entered in any system."

“It’s clear that as a deputy fire chief he is using his connections and power to his benefit,” O’Malley said.
INERESTING...wonder who did this ?
Interesting

United States

#26 Dec 24, 2013
Maybe one of those fine OFPD that was "instrumental" in the investigation. Hope it comes out.
Eddie F wrote:
from the Patch:
"O’Malley countered that it is those same fire and community connections that has allowed the couple to stay ahead of the investigation. He alleges they learned of a sealed secret grand jury investigation earlier this year and were made aware of the warrant issued against them last week before it was entered in any system."
“It’s clear that as a deputy fire chief he is using his connections and power to his benefit,” O’Malley said.
INERESTING...wonder who did this ?
Connections

United States

#27 Dec 24, 2013
Another question, he says he just learned of this December 3? Why did he think she was fired? Can't believe he didn't hear about this from fire connections. Wonder how she feels that he is ready to let her take this load on by herself.
Eddie F wrote:
from the Patch:
"O’Malley countered that it is those same fire and community connections that has allowed the couple to stay ahead of the investigation. He alleges they learned of a sealed secret grand jury investigation earlier this year and were made aware of the warrant issued against them last week before it was entered in any system."
“It’s clear that as a deputy fire chief he is using his connections and power to his benefit,” O’Malley said.
INERESTING...wonder who did this ?
Deakre

Forest Park, IL

#28 Dec 24, 2013
So is it true that the States Attorney is telling the court that someone tipped him off? So who would do that? I would only believe that would come from the OFPD or would it be someone in administration? If they find someone in OFPD or Government tipped him off it would seem to add fuel to this story.

It seems they have a large case with many charges, some not even placed yet!

Embezzlement and Forgery, is there also Conspiracy to conceal a crime? In 60 months of illegal income, did you ever ask where the money was coming from that you were spending? Did you ever ask why are you not going to work any more? Only found out on Dec. 3rd, but spent the money way before then, does seem to be a thin story in this case!

So why is Oak Forest, such a hot bed of this type of thing?? What could be the reason this is all going to unravel as we move forward. The States Attorney has not even started giving the full evidence yet, when that does come out it will be interesting to see which Rabbit hole we all have to go down to find the truth!
Just sayin

Frankfort, IL

#29 Dec 24, 2013
This is just a horrible mess that Michelle has gotten into Looks not a Merry Christmas
Absolutely

United States

#30 Dec 25, 2013
It is a horrible mess, but she/they knew what they were doing the whole time. This is what happens when you are buddies and close friends with the administration. Starts with not showing up for work or having any duties. It builds a sense of entitlement, one begins to believe they are untouchable. How many of us would love to have a job where we aren't required to do anything, aren't reviewed annually? On top of that, be given a free vehicle and free gas to drive my kids around, one not marked as a City vehicle? I also heard the Clerk has a vehicle, is that true? What amazes me is it seems no matter how many are caught, people keep doing this sort of thing, like they are so smart they have figured out a way to get away with it.
Just sayin wrote:
This is just a horrible mess that Michelle has gotten into Looks not a Merry Christmas
Absolutely

United States

#31 Dec 25, 2013
I was thinking the same thing. Who is going to do something like that? I have a lot of friends but don't think there is one I would risk my job or pension or my family's wellbeing or face jail time for. What were they supposed to do with that information? Run to Mexico?
Deakre wrote:
So is it true that the States Attorney is telling the court that someone tipped him off? So who would do that? I would only believe that would come from the OFPD or would it be someone in administration? If they find someone in OFPD or Government tipped him off it would seem to add fuel to this story.
It seems they have a large case with many charges, some not even placed yet!
Embezzlement and Forgery, is there also Conspiracy to conceal a crime? In 60 months of illegal income, did you ever ask where the money was coming from that you were spending? Did you ever ask why are you not going to work any more? Only found out on Dec. 3rd, but spent the money way before then, does seem to be a thin story in this case!
So why is Oak Forest, such a hot bed of this type of thing?? What could be the reason this is all going to unravel as we move forward. The States Attorney has not even started giving the full evidence yet, when that does come out it will be interesting to see which Rabbit hole we all have to go down to find the truth!
Absolutely

United States

#32 Dec 25, 2013
Would be interesting to know if they paid Arbor Park for using the field or the Park District for using it's facility for indoor practice for the lax group they started. Did they use park district purchased equipment? If any of us walked in and said we wanted to use either, we'd be charged. Didn't he also start a girls softball team a few years ago?
YUP

Chicago, IL

#33 Dec 25, 2013
Absolutely wrote:
It is a horrible mess, but she/they knew what they were doing the whole time. This is what happens when you are buddies and close friends with the administration. Starts with not showing up for work or having any duties. It builds a sense of entitlement, one begins to believe they are untouchable. How many of us would love to have a job where we aren't required to do anything, aren't reviewed annually? On top of that, be given a free vehicle and free gas to drive my kids around, one not marked as a City vehicle? I also heard the Clerk has a vehicle, is that true? What amazes me is it seems no matter how many are caught, people keep doing this sort of thing, like they are so smart they have figured out a way to get away with it.
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When is enough, enough, in Oak Forest ? This is where you move to when you are looking to benefit from the public dollar. History proves that !City Hall as done a fine job of promoting our city. Find some more friends to hire and promote in our fine city. We will train them how to skim their part. Once you get here there are no laws you have to pay attention to as long as you join the city hall cabal. They will even cancel out your red light stop tickets if you go along saying what a great job they do.
Really Now

Oak Forest, IL

#34 Dec 25, 2013
So you are blaming OF city hall for a couple of crooks? Like the city trained them and encouraged them to steal from Palos? Come on. What if one of the employees was caught beating up on his wife. Would that be a result of city government too? Crooks live everywhere. I don't think this has anything to do with OF just cause he worked for them. I think this is a couple of people who thought they wouldn't get caught stealing government funds. Put the blame where it needs to be. right on the shoulders of the two crooks.
concerned taxpayer

United States

#35 Dec 26, 2013
YUP wrote:
<quoted text>When is enough, enough, in Oak Forest ? This is where you move to when you are looking to benefit from the public dollar. History proves that !City Hall as done a fine job of promoting our city. Find some more friends to hire and promote in our fine city. We will train them how to skim their part. Once you get here there are no laws you have to pay attention to as long as you join the city hall cabal. They will even cancel out your red light stop tickets if you go along saying what a great job they do.
You sound like an ignorant fool.
Rich S

Chicago, IL

#36 Dec 26, 2013
Do you really think that the government would have any involvement in this issue? Can you explain how you see this moving into this government unit? I am not seeing how these folks can implicate the City of Oak Forest?
Rachel

Chicago, IL

#37 Dec 26, 2013
res wrote:
The former "first couple" as we used to call them. They had their nose in everything. I guess money was tight so why not grab $350,000!
Have we heard any updates on this process, not sure where this process stands?
marco

Chicago, IL

#38 Dec 26, 2013
Rich S wrote:
Do you really think that the government would have any involvement in this issue? Can you explain how you see this moving into this government unit? I am not seeing how these folks can implicate the City of Oak Forest?
Well..... How did Charley get the inside information that was revealed in court?
Res

Chicago, IL

#39 Dec 26, 2013
marco wrote:
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Well..... How did Charley get the inside information that was revealed in court?
What info could he have gotten from Oak Forest that would implicate Palos Heights Fire Protection District? I'm not sure you understand that the money was stolen from PHFPD, not from Oak Forest.
Honest Abe

Forest Park, IL

#41 Dec 26, 2013
Res wrote:
<quoted text>What info could he have gotten from Oak Forest that would implicate Palos Heights Fire Protection District? I'm not sure you understand that the money was stolen from PHFPD, not from Oak Forest.
Charlie the Clown would never steal from the OFFD. Oak Forest politicians are too smart to let that happen anyway?? Right???
I think we should let the cat totally out of the bag before we determine they have not taken from O.F. Either through OFFD, Arbor, or O.F. Park District, I would bet my right testicle that they exploited the situation. Lets just keep digging deeper.
marco

Chicago, IL

#43 Dec 27, 2013
Res wrote:
<quoted text>What info could he have gotten from Oak Forest that would implicate Palos Heights Fire Protection District? I'm not sure you understand that the money was stolen from PHFPD, not from Oak Forest.
None ..... but he got info in regards to a Secret Grand Jury investigating them and also about warrants being issued when it wasnt even public knowledge yet. Thats how OF is implicated
Innocent

United States

#44 Dec 27, 2013
For those saying Charlie is innocent, wonder why his charges list a higher dollar amount than hers does. Looks like the prosecutors haven't shown all their cards. Let him commit pergury they can add it to the charges.

http://www2.cookcountysheriff.org/search2/det...

http://www2.cookcountysheriff.org/search2/det...
Scott wrote:
Lets hold all the comments until we know all the truth, lots of people get arrested but aren't convicted.
Absolutely

United States

#45 Dec 27, 2013
Agreed. I would think you just don't jump in at this level either. The waters were tested first and it worked, they got confident and got bolder and bolder. Would be interesting to know how much they contributed to local politicians.
Honest Abe wrote:
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Charlie the Clown would never steal from the OFFD. Oak Forest politicians are too smart to let that happen anyway?? Right???
I think we should let the cat totally out of the bag before we determine they have not taken from O.F. Either through OFFD, Arbor, or O.F. Park District, I would bet my right testicle that they exploited the situation. Lets just keep digging deeper.

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