- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A former Chicago City Hall clerk has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing tax funds to finance a luxurious lifestyle.

Antoinette Chenier was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, who called her thievery a brazen act of public corruption. In rejecting Chenier’s lawyer probation plea, Der-Yeghiayan agreed with prosecutors that a prison sentence was warranted to deter others from stealing tax dollars.

The 52-year-old Chenier, who pleaded guilty in April to theft and tax evasion, was accused of embezzling about $750,000 from 2008 to 2014 while working in Chicago’s Department of Transportation by stealing checks meant for city coffers.

Prosecutors say Chenier of Midlothian used the money on home shopping network spending sprees, perfume, televisions and diamond rings.

She apologized for her actions before sentencing.

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