In this Jan. 9, 2003 file photo, Betty Loren-Maltese is seen at federal court in Chicago where she was sentenced for a 2002 racketeering conviction. The 59-year-old Loren-Maltese was sentenced to eight years in prison, and was serving her term in a California prison camp. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons records, she has been transferred to a community correctional facility in Phoenix. She is scheduled to be released from federal custody in February 2010.
'Ugly Betty" Loren-Maltese has filed a lawsuit against 27 people involved in her corruption trial and stint in jail, says Michael Sneed in the Sun-Times.
The suit, which alleges Maltese's rights were violated, was filed against U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, former lawyers, four Chicago judges, federal prosecutors, the U.S. Department of Justice and the estate of federal prosecutor Mitchell Mars, who died last year.
She's now shacking up in a Vegas halfway house -- located across from Circus Circus -- and also sued her sister, Pat Rand, who has custody of her Maltese's daughter, Ashleigh Rose, 12.
Maltese, now 59, was released from a California prison in August, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Maltese is destitute and was recently forced to ask the Feds for permission to get her clothes from her Las Vegas home, which the Feds have seized, according to Fox TV contributor Anne Kavanagh.
Feds also seized her Chicago home.