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May 20, 2024

Tiffany Henyard’s Top Advisor, Keith Freeman, At Dolton and Thornton Township, Indicted On Bankruptcy Fraud –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On April 16, 2024

Dolton, Ill. (ECWd) –

A Federal Indictment was handed down today on Keith Freeman, Tiffany Henyard’s Administrator for Thornton Township and Village Administrator for the village of Dolton, Illinois.

We wrote about his alleged fraudulent scheme on February 8, 2024, (here) where we noted discrepancies in his Schedule filings and other financial paperwork related to the bankruptcy. We followed up with another article on February 14, 2024, where the bankruptcy trustee summoned Freeman to court for a Rule 224 Examination of Debtor (here).

We sent Freeman and his bankruptcy attorney an email on February 5th and 6th asking for comments about his bankruptcy petition, pointing out what he did not include or was missing, and asked him if was going to file an amended petition. He did not respond.

In this indictment, the Grand Jury indicated Freeman filed false income paperwork on his bankruptcy petition and schedules, submitted a false Form 1040 for the year 2022, failed to include his debt to the village of Robbins for more than $90,000 in overpayments, and falsely testified under oath that he was not employed by the village of Dolton.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind Mr. Freeman, in regard to the subject of what Tiffany Henyard has allegedly been doing in Dolton and Thornton Township, that “the first to squeal gets the deal.”


From the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

CHICAGO — A senior administrator for both the Village of Dolton, Ill. and Thornton Township, Ill. has been charged in federal court with engaging in a bankruptcy fraud scheme involving the making of false statements in his bankruptcy petition to conceal from creditors his assets and sources of income and a significant claim against him.

An indictment returned Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago charges KEITH DOUGLAS FREEMAN, 45, of Orland Park, Ill., with one count of bankruptcy fraud.  The charge is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.  Arraignment has not yet been scheduled.

The indictment was announced by Morris Pasqual, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Robert W. “Wes” Wheeler, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI, Justin Campbell, Special Agent-in-Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Chicago Field Office, and Ruth M. Mendonça, Inspector-in-Charge of the Chicago Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Trustee Program.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason A. Julien and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Netols.

The officials noted that Freeman was indicted as part of an ongoing federal investigation.

According to the indictment, Freeman on Jan. 3, 2024, filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chicago.  The petition included a Schedules and Statement of Financial Affairs – a document in which the debtor is required to identify, among other things, all of his assets and sources of income, as well as any claims against him.  The indictment alleges that Freeman made several materially false statements and omissions in the document, including knowingly underreporting income he derived from his employment as both the Village Administrator for Dolton and the Municipality Manager for Thornton Township, as well as fees he received from his private consulting business.  Freeman also allegedly concealed that the Village of Robbins, Ill. had filed a claim against him related to approximately $90,396 that Freeman received in excess of his authorized salary while he was the Village Administrator for Robbins, a position he held from 2017 to 2021.

Freeman also furnished the Chapter 7 Trustee with a purported copy of his 2022 individual income tax return, which represented that Freeman’s total income from employment was $45,186.  The indictment states that Freeman knew he had not filed an income tax return for that year, and that his actual income, which included a $100,000 salary for the Dolton position alone, substantially exceeded that amount.

It was further part of the scheme that on Jan. 30, 2024, while testifying under oath at a meeting of creditors, Freeman falsely represented that he was not an employee of Dolton and that he did not receive payment from Dolton, the indictment states.  The following month, Freeman allegedly caused his pay from Dolton to be directly deposited into a recently opened bank account that he had not disclosed to the creditors or the Chapter 7 Trustee.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Read the Indictment below:



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  • Hugh Janus
    Posted at 16:32h, 16 April Reply

    Mr Freeman’s recent exploits bring to mind the Mary Chapin Carpenter song “The Bug.”

    “Sometimes you’re the Louisville slugger, babe
    Sometimes you’re the ball
    Sometimes it all comes together, babe
    Sometimes you’re gonna lose it all”

    Now he has some help with from the feds to speed up his finding out.

    He would be smart to stop his fooling around, but he might not be smart.

  • Cynthia
    Posted at 17:12h, 16 April Reply

    So, I suspect former mayor Lighhead will be a blind rat and not see all the crimes committed because you never tattle on the brother. A creed made famous by Oprah, and she reminds famous Black people of this oath regularly. Outrageous criminals commit crimes and think they are about the law because that’s what Black Chicago has taught them.

  • Ted Hartke
    Posted at 19:41h, 16 April Reply

    I think he’s toast.

  • Jack Tarleton
    Posted at 09:04h, 18 April Reply

    His new accommodations are going to be considerably more Spartan than he would prefer.

  • Donald Longmore
    Posted at 06:51h, 21 April Reply

    Freeman’s tale is a familiar one for many of those in and around the local governance of the Village of Dolton.When it is all ..said and done,Freeman, will be anything but a Free Man.

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