City Hall clerk charged with embezzlement

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A Chicago City Hall clerk is charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money.

FBI investigators say Antoinette Chenier took hundreds of checks worth $25 to $200 each and deposited them into her personal bank account over the past six years.

She worked for the Chicago Department of Transportation and is accused of embezzling $741,000.

Chenier was arrested Wednesday and appeared in federal court later in the day.

The scam was uncovered after a bank teller questioned the deposits.

City Hall officials did not answer questions about why it took so long to uncover the irregularities.

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

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