Low-level city clerk charged with stealing nearly $750,000

Written By BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter Posted: 04/09/2014, 08:32am

A low-level clerk in Chicago’s Department of Transportation embezzled nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in permit fees, the feds say.

Antoinette Chenier, 50, of Homewood, stole $741,000 in fees residents paid for permits to park moving vans and dumpsters outside their homes, a federal complaint unsealed Thursday alleges.

The 34-year veteran city clerk allegedly deposited several hundred checks for between $25 and $200 in her own bank accounts between 2008 and 2014.

But the fraud wasn’t uncovered until January, when bank staff noticed the unusual activity on one of her accounts and froze it, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Chenier was arrested Wednesday morning after an investigation by the FBI, the IRS and Chicago’s Inspector General. She is due to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine plus restitution.

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