Pastor Jeremiah Wright’s daughter, Jeri L. Wright, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of money laundering and two counts of making false statements to federal authorities.
Wright, 47, stands accused of taking part in a scam that resulted in the misuse of a $1.25 million state grant. According to NBC Chicago, the money was originally set aside for a not-for-profit education program called We Are Our Brother’s Keeper. The program was owned by former local police chief, Regina Williams, and her husband, Ronald W. Evans.
The accused parties allegedly got three checks in 2009 valued at a total of $28,000. Rather than using that money for its intended purpose, all but $8,000 was deposited into an account controlled by the Evans family.
Wright’s father rose to national prominence in 2008 when it was revealed that President Barack Obama sat in on some controversial, anti-American sermons he made in his church. Despite originally standing by his affiliation to both the church and the controversial religious leader, President Obama quietly severed all ties within the next few years – something that caused quite a bit of friction between him and Pastor Wright.