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Anita Alvarez
Cook County State's Attorney
Communications Department
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-3423

April 17, 2009

Guilty Plea in Cook County Corruption Case

A former Cook County government financial manager charged with embezzling public  funds from a county-run employment and training program has pled guilty in Cook County Circuit Court, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced today. 

Shirley Glover, 53, of Country Club Hills, entered a guilty plea today to one count of felony Theft by Deception, admitting to stealing more than $100,000 in monies that were intended to fund a federal job training and employment program.  Cook County Judge Michael Brown set Glover’s sentence at four years in prison and she was taken into custody Friday.

“This case represents a despicable abuse of public funds by a government employee and today’s sentencing should send a strong message that government corruption here in Cook County will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Alvarez said.

Glover was charged in late 2005 in her capacity as the fiscal manager of the President’s Office of Employment and Training, known as POET.  According to prosecutors, Glover would take checks that were issued to her by the county for payment of federal job training grants and deposit them into accounts that were supposed to have been closed.

According to prosecutors, Glover conducted an ongoing scheme in which she would withdraw money from the accounts in the form of cash or cashier’s checks.  She would then use the money for her own personal use, or to pay for special perks or parties for county employees working in the POET Office.  Among the things that Glover has admitted to using the public funds to pay for were her own credit card bills, office Christmas parties, gift certificates for POET employees, an outing to a local theme park and for t-shirts worn by employees at parades.

The Glover case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney’s from the Public Corruption and Financial Crimes Unit of the State’s Attorney’s Special Prosecutions Bureau.  State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Robert Podlasek and Diane Ghaster for their handling of the case.

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