World Net Daily is reporting that after a lengthy investigation, they have discovered that an attorney for convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko is listed as the owner and taxpayer for Barack Obama’s Chicago mansion, according to records obtained by WND. Click here to see the Cook County Records.
William Miceli is a lawyer at the Chicago law firm Miner, Barnhill & Galland, which also formerly employed Obama. Miner, Barnhill & Galland was Obama’s employer when he did extensive legal work for Rezko, who awaits sentencing after he was convicted in June of fraud, money laundering and bribery-related counts. Miceli, as a senior attorney at the firm, supervised Obama when he wrote letters on behalf of Rezko urging public authorities to award him new public properties to rehabilitate, notes the “Barack Book” website maintained by GOP.com.
Investigative reporter Tim Novak at the Chicago Sun-Times has identified 15 building projects that Rezmar, Rezko’s development company, redeveloped while it was represented by Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland during Obama’s time at the firm.
The law firm changed its name when senior partner Allison Davis left to join Rezko in his schemes to take out loans on low-income housing projects. Several of the transactions remain under investigation, because the millions of dollars Rezko borrowed against the properties to make redevelopments are gone, while many of the properties remain boarded up and uninhabitable.
In January, Miceli told the Washington Post that he was Obama’s supervisor at the law firm, in response to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s charges Obama had worked for a Chicago slumlord, Rezko.
The Post said that “Obama denied doing any legal work directly for Rezko or his companies,” contending Obama had done only “about five hours worth of work” on a joint real estate development project involving Rezko and a Chicago church group. Miceli told the Post Obama “was a very junior lawyer at the time, who was given responsibility for basic due diligence, document review.” Miceli said Obama “did what he was told by the firm,” minimizing the importance of any work Obama admittedly did for the Rezko account.
WND confirmed the tax bill for the Obama home is mailed to Miceli, not to Obama or the Northern Trust account through which Obama has claimed the home was purchased. Records from the Cook County Treasurer’s Office list Miceli as the person who receives Obama’s property tax invoice by mail.
Eric Herman, a spokesman for the Cook County assessor, confirmed to WND that the Treasurer’s Office records were correct and that Miceli DID receive the Obama property tax invoice by mail. To make things even MORE interesing…since arresting Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has taken new interest in Rezko’s involvement in the Obama mansion purchase.
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