BROWN: Fast Eddie's big secret still safe with him

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:19:19 AM. The new information from federal prosecutors made me think they still don’t have the goods on Fast Eddie and what may have been his sweetest score.
A federal court filing this week came a tantalizing step closer to revealing the mystery of how former Ald. Edward R. Vrdolyak insinuated himself into one of the biggest legal fee jackpots in history. At the same time, the new information from federal prosecutors left me thinking they still don’t quite have the goods on Fast Eddie and what may have been his sweetest score. Prosecutors indicated for the first time Monday they have information Vrdolyak made cash payments exceeding $1 million to unnamed “individuals and entities” in connection with his own unexplained payday in the state’s $9.3 million tobacco lawsuit settlement. The implication was clear that authorities believe the $1 million-plus was a kickback from Vrdolyak to whoever conspired with him on the deal. OPINION Authorities say Vrdolyak and another lawyer have already been paid more than $10 million from the settlement even though they did no work. Court records have indicated he was due to collect even more. The catch is that Vrdolyak has not been charged with anything so damning, and the only evidence offered of the cash kickback was an emailed threat from Daniel P. Soso, his now co-defendant, to make public the secret arrangement if Vrdolyak didn’t pay him his share of the fees. The accusation drew a sharp response from Vrdolyak’s longtime defense lawyer and friend, Michael Monico, who called it “absurd and utterly false.” “And if they had a shred of credible evidence of that, wouldn’t that have been in the...Read more
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