Rich Hein, Sun-Times
A former top aide to Cook County's former board president has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for stealing more than $300,000 in taxpayer money and money laundering.
Cook County prosecutors say 44-year-old Carla Oglesby was sentenced on Wednesday. She was convicted in August during a bench trial. She was deputy chief of staff to former Cook County board president Todd Stroger.
Prosecutors accused Oglesby of steering fake government contracts to herself and others.
Oglesby's defense attorney had argued that another man, a friend and onetime media spokesman for Stroger, had actually dealt with the vendors.