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Former Housing Authority of Joliet CFO Gets Four Years in Prison For Theft

The former Chief Financial Officer for the Housing Authority of Joliet pleaded guilty on Friday to felony theft after stealing approximately $170,000 from the Chicago Housing Authority when she worked for that agency. Charlene Potts was sentenced to four years in prison by a Cook County Judge last week. Potts was accused of issuing $170,000 in phony checks while processing Chicago Housing Authority payments to lenders, landlords and tenants. The individual she was accused of issuing the phony checks to, Scott Washington, pleaded guilty Friday to felony financial institution fraud and was given 30 months of probation and community service. Potts worked for the Housing Authority of Joliet from 2010 to 2013, she was named CFO 2011. She was fired from her job with the HAJ after her arrest. The Housing Authority of Joliet conducted a forensic audit of Pott’s activities by local accounting firm Wermer, Rogers, Doran and Ruzon and found no cause for concern.


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