Former Medical Board member indicted for fraud

SPRINGFIELD – A former Illinois Medical Board member and his wife have been indicted on charges they used millions of dollars in state health grants to pay for vacation homes, luxury cars and other personal expenses.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement Friday that 75-year-ol Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife Karin, both of Chicago, took $3.7 million in grant money. The funds from the Illinois Department of Public Health were intended for programs related to HIV/AIDS, breast, cervical and prostate cancer and emergency preparedness.

Prosecutors say Dingle was CEO of the non-profit Advance Health, Social and Educational Associates. One of Dingle's employees and another man also are named in the 23-count federal indictment.

A phone message seeking comment left at Dingle's office wasn't immediately returned.