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Updated: June 11, 2013 9:00PM

Former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans plans to plead guilty to misappropriating almost half of a $1.25 million state grant and to new tax fraud charges, according to her attorney and federal prosecutors.

Evans, 50, who was police chief from 2009 to 2011, and her husband, Ronald Evans, 46, the city’s former inspector general, face charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme to divert part of the grant money for their personal use and as gifts to friends and family. Regina Evans also is charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice after she allegedly tried to influence a witness.

Her attorney, Lawrence Beaumont, said she will plead guilty to the charges related to the grant fraud during a June 18 hearing in federal court in Springfield. Beaumont said Ronald Evans has a different attorney, and he didn’t know whether Ronald would plead guilty.

“She has a long history of community involvement,” Beaumont said, citing Evans’ police career in Chicago and Country Club Hills. “Our belief is that the court will consider this when the court issues her sentence.”

Beaumont also said Regina Evans plans to plead guilty at a later date to charges of filing false federal income tax returns for 2007 through 2009. She and her husband were charged with tax evasion on Tuesday.

The couple failed to report all of their income for those three years, according to the government. In 2009, they converted to personal income and did not report more than $500,000 of the $1.25 million state grant given to their nonprofit organization, prosecutors said.

They said the Evanses also failed to report all their income in 2007, 2008 and 2009 from Prime Time Limousine, a Chicago transportation and security company they owned and operated.

The nonprofit secured the state grant in February 2009 to help train 40 workers in the restoration of the dilapidated New Regal Theater on Chicago’s South Side. But the couple misused much of that grant to pay the mortgage on the theater building and on payments to their friends, family and to Regina, prosecutors said.

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