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Ex-Cook County assessor worker admits he helped lower taxes by $1M in exchange for home improvements
Lavdim Memisovski also agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to conduct that occurred between 2016 and July 2018, under then-Assessor Joe Berrios, a previous subject of interest by the feds. In his plea agreement, Memisovski admitted that his scheme involved “other” employees of the Cook County Assessor’s Office.

Thursday, August 04, 2022
Chicago Sun-Times
by Jon Seidel

A former longtime Cook County Assessor’s Office employee agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors Thursday as he admitted helping lower taxes on certain Cook County properties by at least $1 million in exchange for benefits like home improvements.

Lavdim Memisovski, 43, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count for conduct that occurred between 2016 and July 2018, under then-Assessor Joe Berrios, who has previously been the subject of interest by the feds.

In his plea agreement, Memisovski admitted that his scheme involved “other” employees of the Cook County Assessor’s Office. Memisovski worked in the office as a commercial group leader, assessing values for commercial properties and reviewing their property tax appeals.

Though federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison sentence of five years for Memisovski, prosecutors have agreed to recommend probation if they are satisfied with his cooperation. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

The feds accused Memisovski last month of conspiring with others to accept home improvement materials and services, jewelry, meals, sporting event tickets and other items as a reward for reducing the assessed values of certain Cook County properties.



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