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Chicago Housing Official Pleads Guilty To Theft, Misconduct Charges

The former head of Illinois' Maywood Housing Authority has pleaded guilty to charges of theft and misconduct. Gwendolyn Robinson, 51, of Elmhurst, was accused of stealing upwards of $400,000 from the authority during her tenure as its head between 2006 and 2009, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The news came in the form of a press release from Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who also confirmed that sentencing has already taken place. Robinson will serve six years in prison on the theft charges and four years on the misconduct charges, concurrently. According the Tribune, Robinson directed funds meant to help the needy pay their rent into a private account and later used it to make mortgage payments.

"Officials who steal public funds betray the trust that is granted to them," Madigan said in the release. "Ms. Robinson's scheme to enrich herself not only cheated the families who rely on these public resources to secure safe, affordable housing but also the taxpayers who fund these critical programs."

by RTT Staff Writer

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