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From credit cards to corruption charges: The Hamilton saga

East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton smiles as he leaves court after pleading guilty

East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton pleaded guilty Thursday, Dec. 1 to federal wire fraud charges in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, based on a criminal complaint that he misspent $40,000 by making personal purchases on a pub
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East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton pleaded guilty Thursday, Dec. 1 to federal wire fraud charges in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, based on a criminal complaint that he misspent $40,000 by making personal purchases on a pub

A BND investigation found that East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton made $230,000 in purchases from 2012-16 on his township American Express card.

Hamilton, who pleaded guilty Thursday to federal wire fraud charges, used the township credit card for items such as plane tickets to plane tickets to Las Vegas for himself and his wife, tires for a tractor used by his construction company, building supplies including drywall and paint, thousands of dollars in car washes and nearly $40,000 in gasoline.

On Monday, nine people faced corruption charges in St. Clair County, including Hamilton’s sister, June Hamilton Dean, and two members of the township board.

Major stories in the News-Democrat’s Hamilton investigation include:

Dec. 9: Hamilton resigns as ESL township supervisor; Dancy named as replacement

Dec. 5: Nine face corruption charges, including ESL councilwoman, Board of Review member

Dec. 2: ‘He’s ashamed of himself’: East St. Louis supervisor pleads guilty

Nov. 18: Hamilton was supposed to pay workers $40.66 an hour. But did he?

Nov. 16: Oliver charged with misusing more than $40,000 in public funds

Sept. 23: Township audits fail to mention $280,000 in credit card spending

Sept. 3: Baked ham, tour boat cruise: Excess marks ESL Township credit cards

Aug. 20: Hamilton’s ex-girlfriend ran housing office that processed contracts he won

Aug. 10: FBI raids East St. Louis Township offices

Aug. 6: ‘Mind-boggling’ waste and corruption: Public pays thousands for car washes

July 29: What $1,000 limit? Township officials charged $210,000 over four years on credit cards

July 2: East St. Louis Township supervisor did not report $200,000 paid to his company

June 10: Public money used to rehab East St. Louis Township supervisor’s boarding house

June 8: Federal investigation underway into East St. Louis Township finances

June 3: East St. Louis Township credit card used for Las Vegas trips, $34 car washes

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