City clerk arrested for embezzling nearly $750,000

A employee of the City of Chicago was arrested today for allegedly embezzling nearly $750,000.

According to a statement from federal authorities, 50-year-old Antionette Chenier, a clerk for the city’s Dept of Transportation, allegedly diverted money from checks that were written by companies applying and receiving city permits. The permits involved blocking public ways with dumpsters or moving vans.

Chenier, who is from Homewood, has been a city clerk since 1990. She has worked for CDOT and two years at OEMC before being transferred back to CDOT.

Authorities say she opened a personal bank account in 2008 and a business account in 2009 at the same bank. The account was named “OEMC Chenier” and she was the sole signatory on both accounts. “Between August 2008 and January 2014, she allegedly deposited several hundred checks, totaling $741,299, payable to OEMC and other city departments into her personal and business accounts,” the statement said.

The Chicago Tribune reports when Chenier was confronted about the business account, she said she had planned to use it for a cleaning service called “Office of Emergency Management and Cleaning.”

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