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Ex-Maywood official gets 6 years for theft

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 1:03 p.m. CDT

MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) — The former head of the Maywood Housing Authority in suburban Chicago has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $400,000 in public money.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office announced the plea on Tuesday from 51-year-old Gwendolyn Robinson of Elmhurst. Robinson was sentenced in Cook County court to six years in prison. Officials say the money she took was intended to help low-income residents pay rent.

Robinson pleaded guilty to felony theft of over $100,000 and felony official misconduct. She was indicted in July 2011 after a federal investigation found she stole the money from May 2006 to November 2009. Officials say she put the money in a hidden account to make mortgage payments on her Elmhurst home.

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