James B. Durkin

Ex-Illinois legislator says woman extorted him on Facebook

A top Republican in the Illinois House who resigned in July after claiming his Facebook page had been hacked acknowledged Friday that he engaged in "inappropriate online conversations" with a woman who extorted him into wiring money to the Philippines.

Downers Grove Republican Ron Sandack, who had been the GOP floor leader, issued a statement following the release of additional information from a police report that he filed in July. The report says Sandack accepted a "friend" request from the woman on Facebook and exchanged messages and a Skype video call before he received messages demanding money.

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