This past Thursday, the government auctioned the home of flamboyant former Mayor and Town President of Cicero, Betty Loren-Maltese. In an attempt to recoup some of the debt owed after her arrest, they sold her previous home for $87,000, but this is a far cry from the money she still owes.
After being convicted of fraud and sentenced to 8 years in prison, for participating in an insurance scam essentially stealing $12 million from taxpayers, she was released in 2010. Maltese worked as a hostess after spending just 6 1/2 years in prison. But she soon left that job, likely due to the embarrassing press she received.
After watching the auction, Maltese told the Chicago Sun-Times, that the son of a neighbor purchased the three-bedroom home during the sale.
Maltese continues to claim she is innocent and has appealed the conviction. She currently resides in an apartment in Palos Hills, which is a long way from her “glamorous lifestyle” before getting caught.
Is ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich next?