CHICAGO - Cook County Commissioner Williams Beavers lost nearly $500,000 over three years at the Hammond Indiana Horseshoe Casino playing slots prosecutors revealed Friday in federal court. Beavers ranked the "Seven Star" level by gambling in excess of $500,000, a casino representative told jurors.
Making $89,000 a year as a Cook County Commissioner, prosecutors accuse Beavers, 78, of dipping into campaign funds to feed his personal expense account and didn't report the transfer of funds as taxable income.
Beavers is being represented by former Blagojevich defense attorney Sam Adams Jr. The trial resumes Monday, and Beavers says he plans to take the stand in his own defense.