- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Sentencing will be next month for the former head of a suburban Chicago adoption agency who was convicted of embezzling more than $200,000 from the group.

A DuPage County judge on Tuesday convicted 52-year-old Robert G. Geniesse of felony charges of theft of over $100,000, forgery and wire fraud. Geniesse’s sentencing is Oct. 23. The judge found he used the money on travel and sports tickets, among other items.

Geniesse argued he spent the money on agency expenses, including office supplies and furniture. He was fired in 2011.

He was founder and former CEO of the Naperville-based Our Children’s Homestead. The agency helps with adoptions of youth with special needs.

Geniesse is at the DuPage County jail without bail.

A group spokesman says the agency is pleased with the verdict.

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