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Former Stroger aide guilty of theft, money laundering

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A judge has found a one-time top aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger guilty of theft and money laundering, but cleared her of organizing financial crimes and official misconduct, the Sun-Times is reporting.

The verdict in the public corruption case - involving charges that Carla Oglesby steered county government contracts to to her own company and pals - comes nearly three years after she was arrested while pulling out of a downtown parking garage, leaving work for the day.

With the help of vendors, Stroger's deputy chief of staff — and onetime campaign spokesperson — Oglesby "assisted . . . in getting various sham contracts through the system," prosecutors charged.

Oglesby, specifically, steered more than $300,000 in fake government contracts to herself and her pals, prosecutors said — a claim denied by defense attorney Anthony Schumann.

She is facing up to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors said all the questionable contracts related to Oglesby — along with Eugene Mullins, Stroger's chief spokesman and boyhood friend — were for amounts just under the $25,000 threshold that would have required a county board vote.

Mullins was not in trouble with the law at the time of Oglesby's 2010 arrest on theft, money laundering and official misconduct charges.

But last year, he was indicted on federal charges tied to an alleged kickback scheme stemming from a joint investigation with state authorities that led to Oglesby's arrest.

Four men authorities said were connected to Oglesby and Mullins' alleged wrongdoing were also charged with felonies.

Oglesby was operating a small-time public relations firm, CGC Communication, in 2009 when Stroger tapped her to be his spokeswoman in his re-election bid. He lost the February 2010 primary, but kept Oglesby on as his $120,000-a-year deputy chief of staff until days after her arrest.

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