POLICE LOOKING INTO ATTEMPTED TRUCK SALE
Greenville police are checking into an incident Sunday afternoon that they are describing as a possible "deceptive practice" scam. Two Hillsboro residents told police that they were on the Value City lot when an man in his early sixties approached them with an offer to sell a truck and motorcycle. The man said he would take $525 for the pair and showed them pictures and the titles. He requested a down payment of $63 and offered to deliver the truck and motorcycle. Police have a description of the man and the car he was driving.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD
34-year-old Tina Marie Winston, also known as Tina Marie Gilmore, of Belleville was charged by a federal grand jury in a 13-count indictment with various fraud offenses related to Hurricane Katrina and other government programs.
The indictment alleges that beginning in September 2005, Winston defrauded FEMA by claiming she was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in order to obtain expedited disaster assistance. The indictment further alleges that Winston, who was living in Belleville at the time of Hurricane Katrina, committed mail fraud and sent correspondence to FEMA representing that her two daughters, who did not exist, had died during the flooding in New Orleans. She said that once her daughter's bodies were found she would need burial money.
The indictment further alleges that Winston committed Social Security number and aggravated identity theft in applying for FEMA aid by using a Social Security number other than her own. The indictment also charges that Winston made false representations and statements to government agencies. The remaining counts charge Winston with other public benefit offenses including failing to report her marriage of May 27, 1994, and her earnings as a child care provider to the Social Security Administration in order to receive Supplemental Security Income Benefits.
GOVERNOR SIGNS INITIATIVE REQUIRING INCREASED TRAINING FOR TEEN DRIVERS
Legislation to strengthen the Illinois Graduated Drivers License program by doubling the practice time young drivers will need to obtain an Illinois driver's license was signed into law by Governor Blagojevich. House Bill 4768 requires parents to spend 50 hours with their child in the car including 10 hours of night driving before the teen is eligible for an Illinois driver's license. Parents must also sign a consent form before a teen can apply for a driver's license as well.
The law takes effect immediately and Secretary of State Jesse White filed rules that govern the new program. Any teen that has already been issued a permit will still be required to complete 25 practice hours with a parent before becoming eligible to receive a driver's license. Any teen that has not been issued a permit will fall under the new law requiring 50 hours for practice time, including the 10 practice hours at night. The new law also requires that the parental consent form be signed in person at a Secretary of State Driver Services facility or signed and notarized if the parent cannot be with the teen to the driving exam.