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The brother of former Harvey, Illinois mayor, Eric Kellogg, has been convicted for his involvement in a long-running scheme that allowed prostitution to operate out of a local strip club in exchange for money.

Rommell Kellogg, 71, was found guilty on Monday of five counts, including conspiracy to commit theft and intimidation, as announced by the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. Although Eric Kellogg, the former mayor, is not explicitly named in the federal court documents and remains uncharged, he is implicated in the case.

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The criminal complaint filed against Rommell Kellogg in 2019 identifies him as the brother of the then-mayor of Harvey, a Chicago suburb. It alleges that in 2003, Eric Kellogg demanded $3,000 monthly from the strip club for its continued operation in the city. Payments were made over five years, and around 2007 or 2008, the demand reportedly increased to $6,000. When the club initially resisted, a Harvey police officer ordered its closure.

Rommell Kellogg and a co-conspirator, Corey Johnson, were accused of demanding and collecting payments from the club, threatening interference in its operations if payments ceased.

Johnson, a cousin of the Kellogg’s, pleaded guilty last month to a theft charge. His attorney, Gal Pissetzky, stated, “We are very pleased with this fair resolution for the case.”

The scheme was exposed following a 2017 law enforcement search at the club on suspicions of prostitution and tax crimes. Rommell Kellogg now faces up to five years in prison for each count, with a sentencing date yet to be determined.


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