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Ex-Cook County assessor's employee gets 4 years in prison for stealing from special county account

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
by Frank Main

A former Cook County assessor’s employee was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for siphoning almost $170,000 from a special county account.

Joyce Pierce, 52, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to theft in excess of $100,000.

She was charged by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office in 2007 with stealing funds from the assessor’s Freedom of Information Department. Pierce spent the loot on shopping sprees and on her daughter’s college tuition, prosecutors said.

An audit uncovered the theft in the account, which is made up of money collected from Freedom of Information requests. The sheriff’s and assessor’s offices assisted in the investigation.



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