Joliet landfill owner charged by feds

August 31, 2010 5:15:56 AM PDT
The former owner of a landfill that sparked a feud between former governor Rod Blagojevich and his father-in-law has now been charged with federal tax evasion.

The U.S. attorney's office claims that Frank Schmidt failed to pay more than $2 million in taxes over the last five years.

Schmidt used to own a landfill in Joliet. In 2005, the former governor ordered it shut down for environmental violations.

Schmidt is a relative of Blagojevich's father in law, Chicago Alderman Dick Mell. He claimed the closure was meant to punish him for criticizing Blagojevich.

ABC7 went to Schmidt's home today in suburban Itasca for comment, but were told he was not there.