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Woman accused of embezzling nearly $290,000

Jan. 26, 2011 at 3 a.m.
Updated Jan. 25, 2011 at 7:26 p.m.


CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors say a Chicago woman who served as executive director of a scholarship foundation is accused of embezzling nearly $290,000 from the organization.

Authorities say 58-year-old Christina Madej (ma-DAY') was charged Tuesday and scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday. They did not say whether she had an attorney.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Madej served as the Chicago Engineers' Foundation, which provides scholarships to Chicago high-school graduates who study engineering in college. It is reportedly affiliated with the Union League Club of Chicago.

Police say an audit last year discovered that Madej was reportedly writing checks to herself from the foundation account.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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