Sentencing postponed in state worker theft, bribery scheme

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The sentencing of a former Illinois Department of Public Health aide convicted of bribery and theft has been postponed until Tuesday due to the lengthy number of character witnesses.

Quinshaunta Golden pleaded guilty last year to bribery, theft and obstruction of justice in a kickback scheme.

She was to be sentenced Friday. However, after four hours of testimony from nearly 20 character witnesses, U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough said she wanted to take the weekend to look at all the facts.

The accusations against Golden stem from her time as Health Department chief of staff. Golden allegedly took steps to ensure millions in grants went to not-for-profit groups controlled by Leon Dingle Jr. He was convicted last year with his wife of theft of money meant to raise awareness of AIDS and cancer.

Golden is the niece of Democratic Congressman Danny Davis.