Chicago Woman Charged with Embezzlement

The foundation found out almost $290,000 was missing from account, says police

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011  |  Updated 9:31 AM CDT
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A former executive director of a Chicago foundation charged with embezzlement is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.

Christina Madej, 55, is accused of pocketing almost $290,000 from the Chicago Engineers' Foundation, which is affiliated with the Union League Club of Chicago, the Sun-Times reports.

The organization discovered money was missing after last year's audit showed Madej wrote checks to herself from the foundation's account, said police.

 

"The loss was largely covered by insurance, and the foundation continues to pursue its mission," according to the foundation's release.

Chicago Engineers' Foundation provides scholarships to Chicago high school graduates who plan to major in engineering in college.

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