A factual allegation appended to the deferred prosecution agreement identifies “Public Official A” as the “spokesman for the Illinois House of Representatives,” although Mike Madigan, a Democrat who has held the position almost continuously since the 1980s, is not explicitly cited. A spokesman for Madigan did not immediately issue a request for an opinion on July 17. “The agreement announced today, along with the corrective actions we are taking, puts this investigation behind us, removes the uncertainty associated with it and ensures that it does not happen again,” ComEd said in a statement about its illinois lobbying relationship. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), a subsidiary of energy distribution company Exelon, will pay a $200 million fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice to resolve a criminal investigation into a years-old corruption scheme involving historical lobbying practices in Illinois. On Friday, the U.S. Attorney`s Office for the Northern District of Illinois indicted ComEd on corruption charges. Under the agreement – known as deferred prosecutions – ComEd is being prosecuted for corruption. The conduct referred to in the agreement concerns only ComEd. The agreement does not contain any allegations of misconduct by Exelon or Exelon Generation. An SEC investigation and civil actions are still ongoing. In addition to the fine and the obligation to continue to cooperate with state investigations, ComEd`s commitments under the Deferred Prosecution Agreement include improving the compliance program and providing annual reports to the government on remediation and implementing its compliance measures. If ComEd fails or fails to meet all of its obligations under the agreement within the three-year period, the U.S.
Attorney`s Office may prosecute the offending offense. Chicago state prosecutors last March struck a deferred prosecution contract with former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock, who is accused of using his campaign and government funds as a personal piggy bank. Schock had to repay taxes and stay out of trouble for six months, after which the prosecutor dropped all charges. The U.S. Attorney`s Office for the Northern District of Illinois said on July 17 that it had agreed to postpone the prosecution of a corruption charge against exelon Corp.`s subsidiary for three years and to try to dismiss that charge if ComEd meets certain conditions. The deferred prosecution agreement requires ComEd to pay a $200 million fine, continue to cooperate with the government`s investigation, and improve its corporate compliance program. As part of the agreement, ComEd must improve its compliance program and submit annual reports to the government on compliance with deferred prosecutions.
Across the country, federal prosecutors have set up deferred prosecutions for Chipotle, who paid a $25 million fine and received a three-year deferred prosecution contract after his spoiled food sickened more than 1,000 people. Wells Fargo reached a deal on deferred lawsuits of $US 3 billion after being accused of opening fake accounts containing customer information. U.S. Attorney John Lausch told reporters Friday at noon after the deal case that corruption in Illinois “remains a persistent problem.” Lausch would not comment on Madigan`s identity, although his office`s filing clearly shows that the official in question has not been charged. The wiretap said the investigation was ongoing. ComEd`s criminal investigation is resolved by a deferred prosecution agreement, in which ComEd admitted that it had arranged jobs, supplier subcontracts, and subcontracts for various employees of a senior official elected for the state of Illinois, in order to support the official`s efforts with respect to legislation relating to ComEd and its affairs, . .