FBI investigates Dolton Village Hall amid corruption allegations about Mayor Tiffany Henyard

ByTre Ward and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Saturday, April 20, 2024
FBI investigates at Dolton Village Hall, subpoenas issued
The FBI confirmed it issued subpoenas at Dolton Village Hall as the suburb remains embroiled in scandals around Mayor Tiffany Henyard and others.

DOLTON, Ill. (WLS) -- The FBI confirmed it was conducting a court-authorized action at Dolton Village Hall Friday.

In a statement, an FBI spokesperson said agents were "conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in that area." They declined to comment on the nature of the raid or any investigation they may be conducting, citing Department of Justice policy.

Sources told ABC7 that FBI agents served two subpoenas at Dolton Village Hall to obtain personnel records, including those of police officers, as well as business records.

Trustee Brittney Norwood welcomes the investigation.

"We have been asking for someone to come out here and save us. There have been a lot of spending that we're not really privy of, and we've been asking for answers," she said.

The south suburb has been embroiled in scandal for weeks. Former Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot was recently hired by the Dolton Village Board to investigate allegations of corruption and theft by Mayor Tiffany Henyard, who vetoed the board's request to launch a federal investigation into her.

READ MORE: Lori Lightfoot hired to investigate Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard

Lightfoot's to-do list is long, including finding millions in Dolton's unpaid bills and a lavish village-funded trip to Las Vegas for Henyard, a few trustees and village employees last year.

Henyard has also been accused by three former employees of wrongful termination after they said they refused to do political work on Henyard's behalf.

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And Henyard is also named alongside village trustee Andrew Holmes in a sexual assault lawsuit filed by a Dolton police officer who was a member of the mayor's security detail and a former employee.

A senior administrator for both the village of Dolton and Thornton Township was also recently charged in federal court with engaging in a bankruptcy fraud scheme.

Keith Douglas Freeman, 45, of Orland Park has been charged with bankruptcy fraud involving making false statements in his bankruptcy petition to conceal his assets and sources of income and a significant claim against him from creditors.

When asked about the investigation by the FBI, the village of Dolton didn't directly address it, only saying that there wasn't a raid.

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