The former chief of staff to one of President Obama’s closest friends, Eric Whitaker, will plead guilty to a massive kickback scheme and has agreed to cooperate with investigators, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Whitaker, who is one of Obama’s close circle of powerful Chicago friends that includes Valerie Jarrett, denies any knowledge of the scheme and is not named in the case.
But, according to the Tribune, Golden got greedy in 2006, when she had already been working closely with Whitaker for several years and when there were still a few years left in their professional relationship.
Golden was Whitaker’s chief of staff when they served together at the Illinois Department of Public Health for several years until late 2007.
Whitaker, an Obama golfing buddy, left the state Public Health Department in late 2007 to work with Michelle Obama at University of Chicago Medicine. Golden left her state job in early 2008 and joined Whitaker at the U. of C. Last year, Whitaker left the university.
Now, she’ll be singing. We’ll see what she reveals to spare herself some time.