DuPage preserve indictment lists 317 felony charges
By Susan Frick Carlman email@example.com November 9, 2012 4:07PM
From left, Mark McDonald, David Tepper, Arif Mahmood. | Photo courtesy DuPage County State's Attorney's office
Three men — a contractor and two former high-level staff members — face hundreds of new felony charges in connection with alleged kickback schemes at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.
Former employees Mark McDonald and David Tepper are both due back in court later this month, each charged with 140 felony counts — one of them a Class X felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison — in connection with alleged kickbacks, official misconduct and other accusations of malfeasance by the pair over a six-year period.
Also facing 37 felony charges is contractor Arif Mahmood, one of the vendors with whom the two district staff members carried out their alleged crimes, authorities said.
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin has added more than 300 counts to the original charges. The first few filings came in early September, culminating a 15-month investigation into accusations that through several different schemes, McDonald and Tepper had used their professional positions to try to defraud the government for their own financial gain.
Berlin spokesman Paul Darrah said the many charges don’t necessarily suggest a corresponding number of illegal transactions are being alleged.
“A lot of times, just like in a murder case, you indict (on multiple counts),” Darrah said. “A crime is a crime, and you have to charge what you can.”
Wheaton resident McDonald, 53, was a director when he worked for the district. Tepper, 49, who lives in River Forest, was a manager.
Berlin’s office has said that between July 2005 and November 2007, Integrated Design Solutions, a company co-owned by McDonald and Tepper, billed and received more than $90,000 from the district for equipment and services that were never delivered.
Mahmood, 37, a Glendale Heights resident, is accused of over-billing the district through his computer company, Alamach Technologies. He also is charged with allegedly subcontracting with Integrated Design Solutions and over-billing for services that were never rendered.