Loren-Maltese asking how gun got in her house

October 28, 2011 (CICERO, Ill.)

She says in 2009, federal agents found the unregistered gun in a closet in her home.

She says the agents told her the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District had bought the gun, but Loren-Maltese says water district officials told the agents they did not remember whom they had given the weapon to.

Loren-Maltese says she does not know how the gun ended up in her house and she thinks someone must have planted it.

In a message sent Friday evening, Metropolitan Water Relcamation District Executive Director David St. Pierre said: "The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago was notified several weeks ago of the handgun found in Ms. Betty Loren-Maltese's home in Las Vegas. We contacted federal authorities to investigate and determine ownership of the handgun. We are currently awaiting the outcome of the investigation."

Loren-Maltese served seven years in prison on federal corruption charges. She is trying to have her conviction overturned.

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