- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County court clerk employee has pleaded guilty to lying about loaning $15,000 to a company controlled by the clerk’s husband.

A prosecutors’ statement says 48-year-old Sivasubramani Rajaram changed his plea Wednesday. He acknowledged he loaned the money in 2014 to Goat Masters Corp. and was hired later. The goat-meat company’s president was the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.

Neither she nor her husband, Benton Cook III, has been charged with wrongdoing.

Court documents say Rajaram lied when he said he hadn’t spoken to Brown after his hiring.

The Glenview man pleaded guilty to making a false declaration to a grand jury. The maximum sentence is five years in prison, though he’ll face less time because of his plea deal. Sentencing is Sept. 14.


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