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The Daily Chronicle (DeKalb County, IL) reported that Omar Salameh, 22, of Burbank failed to appear in DeKalb County court as required last week although the judge is expected to hear from his attorney later this month in a case that involved the death of a college student.
Salameh was pledge adviser of the Northern Illinois University chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity in 2012 when a 19-year-old pledge was found dead after a night of heavy drinking. An autopsy revealed the pledge’s blood alcohol content was about five times the legal limit and that alcohol caused a fatal heart arrhythmia.
Salameh and three other fraternity members are charged with felony hazing in the pledge’s death. The defendants have challenged the constitutionality of the Illinois law and the judge is expected to rule on the statute May 29.
Illinois’s Hazing Act, in part reads, 'A person commits hazing who knowingly requires the performance of any act by a student in a university for the purpose of induction or admission into any group, organization, or society and the act results in bodily harm to any person.'
A person convicted of felony hazing faces one to three years in prison.
According to the Illinois Department of Insurance March 2014 Disciplinary Report, a Burbank man was denied an insurance producer license after it was learned that he had previously been convicted of a felony.
The report stated, “John W. Palacios, Burbank - Insurance producer license denied effective March 4, 2014. Mr. Palacios’s application for license was denied pursuant to a Director’s Order from Hearing No. 10-HR-0222 after an investigation revealed he was convicted of a felony (Burglary) in January 2000. The Order, which sustained a previously issued Letter of Denial, also required he pay $165.55 in hearing costs.”
A man working with the FBI helped convict two former Cook County Board of Review analysts on bribery and fraud charges last month. Ali Haleem owned properties in Burbank, Tinley Park, and Chicago when he began cooperating with federal agents in 2008. Evidence introduced at trial indicated the analysts agreed to bribes that Haleem offered in exchange for a tax assessment reduction on his Burbank and other properties.
Source: FBI Press Release