An employee of the Cook County assessor’s office was charged federally Wednesday with conspiring to accept gifts in exchange for reductions in assessments for commercial properties, the US attorney’s office announced.
Lavdim Memisovski was accused of accepting “home improvement materials, home improvement services, jewelry, meals, sporting event tickets” and other items in exchange for the reductions, according to documents filed in US District Court.
Memisovski allegedly conspired with two unnamed people between 2016 and July 2018 to accept the rewards for altering his work. Prosecutors said they were seeking the forfeiture of at least $20,000.
In one instance, according to the federal information, Memisovski allegedly had sprinklers installed in his home as part of the scheme.
An attorney listed for him in court records, Chris Gair, declined to comment on the case.
Scott Smith, a spokesman for the Cook County assessor’s office, declined to immediately comment.
Chicago Tribune’s Stephanie Casanova contributed.