A former high-ranking aide to ex-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was sentenced to 6½ years in prison Wednesday after being convicted last year on corruption charges.
Carla Oglesby, 44, was Stroger's deputy chief of staff and began rigging bids just weeks after being hired by Stroger's administration in 2010, according to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. Stroger lost a re-election bid that same year.
Oglesby was convicted of theft of government property, theft of government property by deception, money laundering and unlawful stringing of bids. She was accused of awarding contracts of just under $25,000 to companies owned or controlled by her associates, prosecutors said. At the time, contracts less than $25,000 did not fall under the scrutiny of the county board.
Prosecutors said Oglesby's scheme cost taxpayers more than $300,000 in payments for work that was never done.