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September 19, 2014

Ex-Chicago City Hall Aide Gets Probation in Charity Theft

Gene Lee, a leader in Chicago's Chinatown community and a top aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, was sentenced to five years' probation Thursday for stealing nearly $100,000 from charities he led, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. U.S. District Judge John Darrah said Mr. Lee's 40 years of service to the city weighed in his decision not to send the defendant to prison, as prosecutors had sought.

Mr. Lee, 65, pleaded guilty in April to embezzlement and tax fraud, admitted he cashed scores of checks from charity donors and kept some of the money. The one-time deputy chief of staff to Mr. Daley was ordered to make financial restitution and perform 240 hours of community service.