Ex-Cook Co. official Eugene Mullins charged with corruption

August 2, 2012 8:14:23 PM PDT
A former Cook County official was indicted on federal charges Thursday for allegedly steering contracts in return for thousands of dollars.

Eugene Mullins was the director of the Cook County Department of Public Affairs and Communications between March 2008 and November 2010. He's accused of steering four county contracts worth about $25,000 each to four acquaintances.

Prosecutors say Mullins then solicited a portion of the contract payments to collect around $35,000 for himself.