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March 24, 2015

Ill. Charity Official Pleads Guilty in $500,000 Theft Case

The former finance director of a Chicago-area Muslim school and foundation faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing from the organization, the Chicago Tribune writes. Inam Rahim, 60, of Naperville, Ill., was to have gone on trial Monday on allegations that he drained more than $500,000 from the Villa Park, Ill.-based Islamic Foundation.

Prosecutors said Mr. Rahim, who joined the foundation in 1999, funneled money to his wife through the charity’s payroll, padded his own paycheck, and wrote unauthorized checks to a company he owned. According to authorities, the thefts took place from 2009 to 2011, when Mr. Rahim was fired after the foundation spotted the financial discrepancies. Sentencing is scheduled for May 18.