United States: Sweepstakes Company Owner Added As Co-Defendant In Bribery Case Against Ex-State Rep. Luis Arroyo

The owner of a video sweepstakes company has been indicted as part of a federal bribery case filed last year against former Illinois State Rep. Luis Arroyo, accusing the pair of bribing an Illinois state senator for his support on legislation beneficial to the video gambling industry.

James Weiss, 41, was added as a co-defendant in a superseding indictment unveiled against Arroyo on Friday. The indictment charges Weiss with bribery, wire fraud, mail fraud, and lying to the FBI. Arroyo is charged with bribery, wire fraud, and mail fraud.

According to published reports, Weiss is the son-in-law of former Cook County Democratic Party chair Joseph Berrios.

According to the indictment, Weis and Arroyo agreed to pay a state senator $2,500 for his support for legislation related to the sweepstakes industry, which would have benefitted Weiss’ company, Collage LLC. Weiss was a client of Arroyo’s lobbying firm, Spartacus 3 LLC.

The original full article can be found at chicago.cbslocal.com

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