- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A former Chicago State University official is accused of employing her mother in a ghost payrolling scheme and awarding a contract to a business owned by a friend without proper approval.

LaShondra Peebles and her mother Shirley Kyle face charges. Peebles was an interim vice president and director.

Peebles was fired last year after an internal investigation found alleged crimes, including payments to a business owned by a friend. Prosecutors allege she “fabricated” contract approval and Kyle allegedly didn’t show up for work but was paid.

However, Peebles’ attorneys say there’s evidence the contract was approved by administrators and that Kyle, who’s an accountant, did the work.

Peebles faces theft by deception, official misconduct and fraud charges. Her mother faces theft.

Both women were released Thursday on their own recognizance.

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