- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago real estate developer who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $370,000 from suburban taxpayers has been sentenced to five years in prison.

John Thomas, who was a key government witness in several corruption cases, wept Wednesday as U.S. District Judge James Zagel handed down the sentence.

In a statement, Thomas noted his separation from his wife and 8-year-old daughter and about the “total and utter remorse and embarrassment” he’s felt since stealing tax increment financing money from the Chicago suburb of Riverdale.

Zagel acknowledged the 52-year-old Thomas “probably cares deeply for his family.” But outside of that circle, the judge said he didn’t think Thomas “much cares at all.”

Thomas was an undercover informant in a series of corruption cases, including the case against fundraiser Tony Rezko, who was released from prison Tuesday to a halfway house.

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