When it comes to citizens seeking out mechanisms and means of a civil nature to bring about challenge to the behaviors of government officials and employees, it can be a real challenge to discern what agency or entity has jurisdiction…let alone discovering what elements might be of interest to such authoritative figures able to start those bigger wheels of justice.
Especially over the past 10 years or so, the people of the City of Harvey have had to have their property values, credit reports and other analytic eroded by micro-behavior after micro-behavior being performed by the very people charged with serving and protecting the public, as one does not need to be a member of law enforcement to abide by such a matra…or at least a mission statement absent from Eric Kellogg’s vocabulary.
This post is designed to bring under one roof a collection of information regarding events and incidents involving government individuals/groups in Harvey and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While some may think to themselves Harvey gets more than enough press when it comes to these matters, Harvey has not had a local newspaper for years, many do not have Internet access or even the skills to do the research.
As someone who has attended a Board meeting in Harvey, I can attest to the clear and frightening dysfunction that is allow and tolerated to transpire in that sacred setting and matched with studies of meeting minutes, annual reports, etc., it should remain quite curious to all why the FBI has not taken action against Eric Kellogg and some of the other players in the mess that has resulted in over $150 million dollars of debt, a mayor who can’t help bond out the City, a water system about to be taken over in receivership by the City of Chicago…so in the meantime, here’s some of what I’ve been able to find over the years regarding the relationship between the City of Harvey and the FBI as it relates to a special agent using the name Carlos Vargas and the ongoing effects of unresolved issues in 2017 stemming from this 2007 set of circumstances.
This is especially relevant as there is a current investigation at a Federal level into the possibility of illegal involvement with our election process at any and all levels, but it is important to note that documents show this sting effort starting long before what is commonly construed as the “election season”; that period between first being allowed to actively campaign and the closing of the polls. While this case may involve limited measures of reasoning for sealing certain aspects, the people of Harvey and this nation for that matter, deserve some measure of formal closure as to whether or not the government acted appropriately with the Carlos Vargas Sting. If there are national security implications, as there seems to be hints of in this case, then perhaps it is a good thing that US Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin of Illinois and House Representative Robin Kelly made a call in 2014 for the Department of Justice to at least sort and sift through the matter with that level and scope of scrutiny.
The 2007 Carlos Vargas Sting
Names You Should Get To Know
Sandra Alvarado Former aide and girlfriend of Eric Kellogg since 2003
Jermaine Bell Cook County Illinois Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer/Illinois National Guard; Resident of Lynwood
Thomas “Tom” Dart Cook County Illinois Sheriff
Antoine Dudley City of Harvey Illinois Police Officer; Resident of Harvey Illinois
Richard “Dick” Durbin United States Senator for Illinois
James Engram City of Harvey Illinois Police Officer
Patrick J. Fitzgerald United States Attorney for the Northern Illinois District
Antwon Funches Cook County Illinois Sheriff’s Office; Resident of Chicago
Timothy Funches, Jr. Cook County Illinois Sheriff’s Office; Resident of Bellwood
Robert D. Grant Special Agent In Charge Chicago Federal Bureau of Investigation
Michael “Mike” Horowitz United States Department Of Justice Inspector General
Eric Kellogg Mayor of the City of Harvey Illinois
Robin Kelly United States Representative for Illinois
Mark Kirk United States Senator for Illinois
Daniel L. Lee Cook County Illinois Sheriff’s Office; Resident of Chicago
Raphael Manuel Cook County Illinois Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer; Resident of Glenwood
Michael T. Mason United States Federal Magistrate Judge
Antonio McCaskill Harvey Resident
Diallo S. Mingo Cook County Illinois Sheriff’s Office; Resident of Calumet City
Tavis Ramsey Posed as a Village of Posen Illinois cop; Resident of Chicago Illinois
Andre Sneed City of Harvey Illinois Police Officer
Archie Stallworth City of Harvey Illinois Police Detective; Resident of Harvey Illinois
Ahyetoro Taylor Cook County Illinois Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer/Illinois National Guard; Resident of Joliet
Carlos Vargas FBI Special Agent Alias
Michael Wellek Owner of Skybox Strip Club in City of Harvey Illinois
Dwayne Williams City of Harvey Illinois Police Officer; Resident of Country Club Hills Illinois
Kyle Wilson City of Chicago Police Officer; Resident of Chicago
Communities Connected to the Carlos Vargas Sting
Village of Bellwood Illinois
Village of Bolingbrook Illinois
City of Calumet City Illinois
City of Chicago Illinois
Village of Country Club Hills Illinois
Village of Glenwood Illinois
City of Harvey Illinois
City of Homewood Illinois
City of Joliet Illinois
Village of Lynwood Illinois
Village of Matteson Illinois
City of Oak Lawn Illinois
Village of Posen Illinois
Village of Tinley Park Illinois
Eight Separate Criminal Complaints From the Carlos Vargas Sting
United States v. Raphael Manuel and Jermaine Bell
Raphael Manuel allegedly accepted a total of $14,500 for providing security for eight separate staged drug transactions, including one on Sept. 14, 2007, with Ahyetoro Taylor and Jermaine Bell, who allegedly accepted $500 for working a single staged deal on that date.
United States v. Tavis Ramsey and Kyle T. Wilson
Tavis Ramsey allegedly accepted a total of $1,900 for providing security for four separate purported drug transactions, including one on Oct. 24, 2007, with Ahyetoro Taylor, Raphael Manuel and Kyle Wilson, 31, of Chicago and a Chicago police officer, who allegedly accepted $500 for working a single staged deal.
United States v. Timothy Funches, Jr., and Diallo S. Mingo
Timothy Funches, 26, of Bellwood and Diallo S. Mingo, 34, of Calumet City, both of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, allegedly accepted $1,000 each for providing security with Ahyetoro Taylor and Raphael Manuel for a single purported transaction involving 50 kilograms of cocaine and 2 kilograms of heroin on Nov. 16, 2007.
United States v. Ahyetoro Taylor, Antwon Funches and Antonio B. McCaskill
Ahyetoro Taylor allegedly accepted a total of $15,000 for providing security for nine separate staged drug transactions, including one on Nov. 30, 2007, with Raphael Manuel, Timothy Funches, 34, of Chicago, a Cook County Sheriff’s officer, and Antonio McCaskill, 30, of Harvey, who is not a law enforcement officer, with the latter two allegedly accepting $1,000 each for working a single staged deal. Antwon Funches was sentenced to three (3) years in prison.
United States v. Daniel L. Lee and Julius L. Scott, Jr.
Daniel L. Lee, 31, of Chicago, and Julius L. Scott, 34, of Richton Park, both of Cook County Sheriff’s Office, allegedly accepted $1,000 each for providing security with Taylor and Manuel for a single purported transaction involving two kilograms of heroin on Dec. 10, 2007. Daniel L. Lee was sentenced to two (2) years in prison.
United States v. Richard O. Hall, Jr., and Robert L. Kelly, Jr.
Richard O. Hall, Jr. 35, of Chicago, and Robert L. Kelly, Jr. 32, of Glenwood, both of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, allegedly accepted $1,000 each for providing security with Ahyetoro Taylor and Raphael Manuel for a single purported transaction involving two kilograms of heroin on Dec. 17, 2007. Robert L. Kelly, Jr. was sentenced to one and a half years.
United States v. Antoine Dudley, James Engram and Dwayne Williams
In events described above, Williams allegedly received a total of $1,400, including $400 for a May 2007 security escort, and Williams and Engram received $1,000 each, and Dudley accepted $1,200, the charges allege, for providing security for a purported transaction involving 25 kilograms of cocaine on Feb. 29, 2008.
United States v. Archie Stallworth
As described above, Archie Stallworth allegedly received $1,000 for providing security for the purported transfer of 30 kilograms of cocaine at the DuPage Airport on Aug. 11, 2008. Archie Stallworth was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
United States Court of Appeals,Seventh Circuit
UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff–Appellee, v. Archie STALLWORTH, Defendant–Appellant.
Docket Case No. 10–2058.
Decided: September 06, 2011
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. ARCHIE STALLWORTH, Defendant
United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division
Case No. No. 08-cr-948
Decided April 24, 2015
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News Coverage of the Situation
Kirk, Kelly Call for Review of FBI and DOJ Investigations of Alleged Police Abuses in Harvey – eNews Park Forest
Media Report Indicates Illegal Activity, Abuse of Law Enforcement Privileges
15 officers caught in FBI drug sting – tribunedigital-chicagotribune
“I ain’t always been in law enforcement,” a Harvey cop allegedly bragged to the drug dealer whose business he was paid to protect. “I sold a lot of weight at a young age, I just never got
The undercover agent – tribunedigital-chicagotribune
Two remarkable stories about the state of law enforcement — one exasperating, one encouraging — broke in Chicago last week. Both story lines intertwine in one elaborate saga. We aren’t often
Durbin, Kelly write Harvey crime letter to federal prosecutor – Chicago Tribune
Federal lawmakers on Tuesday called for a review of Justice Department actions — including measures that helped re-elect a controversial mayor — in a suburb the Tribune recently showed stood out for its high crime and subpar policing. The lawmakers also pressed for more details on what federal…
FBI won’t release records of aiding mayor election – tribunedigital-chicagotribune
The FBI said it won’t release records to the Tribune that could explain how and why it helped re-elect a controversial suburban mayor – prompting one former Justice Department lawyer to call
Harvey, county cops indicted in FBI drug sting | Local News | nwitimes.com
CHICAGO | Fifteen Chicago-area law enforcement officers accused of providing armed security for large-scale drug deals “sold out their badge” during the course of a broad anti-drug sting, a federal
FBI Sting Nabs 15 Officers | NBC Chicago
More than a dozen people, most of them police officers, were charged Tuesday, accused of acting as lookouts during drug deals and poker games, and in some cases, dealing drugs themselves.
Other Backstory Data
Andre Sneed v. City of Harvey
City of Harvey police officer Andre Sneed sued the City of Harvey for Americans With Disabilities Act violations. In the appeal of the judgement in favor of the City of Harvey, it is noted that Sneed illegally logged a police report on behalf of Archie Stallworth to obstruct the FBI’s investigation but was never formally charged for the crime. Sneed lost his appeal.
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Long-time girlfriend and aide to Mayor of Harvey, Eric Kellogg was involved with both the city and the Mayor during the time period of the sting. What makes her notable is her abrupt resignation and then leaving her City-issued vehicle in front of the FBI’s offices in Orland Park for the City of Harvey to retrieve, let alone whatever happened to the lawsuit she filed.
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People Of Influence In the Kellogg Kingdom | Names You Should Get To Know
Joseph T. Letke (deceased crafter of multiple fraud schemes in multiple jurisdictions)
Keith Price (City of Harvey Alderman)
Donald Luster (former Mayor of Dixmoor Illinois)
Vincent “Vince” Schavone (former Harvey police officer, former Midlothian police chief, former Village of Midlothian Trustee)