CDOT clerk accused of embezzling more than $741K

Chicago Department of Transportation Clerk Antionette Chenier, 50, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly embezzling more than $741,000 from city fees.
April 9, 2014 5:03:06 PM PDT
Chicago Department of Transportation Clerk Antionette Chenier, 50, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly embezzling more than $741,000 from city fees.

Chenier left without comment on the charges against her. Chenier worked for the City of Chicago but on Tuesday, she appeared in federal court. Chenier is accused of embezzling more than $700,000 between 2008-2014.

Chenier emotionally answered the judge's questions that she understood the charge, procedure and conditions of her bond.

Federal prosecutors allege Chenier set up a bank account in the name of OEMC Chenier and that hundreds of check were deposited to the account that were meant to be paid to the City for moving van and dumpster permit fees. Bank officials noticed some unusual activity and froze the account.

Chenier was arrested as a result of an investigation by the FBI, the IRS and the City's Inspector General.

She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.