Former Housing Official Accused Of Stealing $400K

CHICAGO (STMW) – The former head of the Maywood Housing Authority has been indicted on theft charges for allegedly funneling rent money intended for poor people toward her own suburban mortgage.

Gwendolyn Robinson, 49, stole about $404,655 between July 2006 and November 2009 while serving as the agency’s executive director, Attorney General’s office spokeswoman Maura Possley said.

A Cook County grand jury returned an indictment against Robinson on Tuesday, Possley said. She’s expected to appear in court Thursday morning in Chicago on charges of theft and official misconduct.

The money Robinson took would have paid rent for poor people, Possley said. But Robinson funneled people’s housing vouchers into a separate hidden account she used to pay the mortgage on her own Elmhurst home.

Public records show she bought the 2,900-square-foot home for $655,000 in July 2006.

Robinson left the agency in December 2009 after working there for 10 years.

A call placed to its current director was not immediately returned, nor was one to the mayor’s office.

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  • jsm77

    What kind of person steal from society’s poor?
    There is only one Judge of the matter, but I really think that is worse than, like, riping off The Gap or something

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Such a Negro.

    • Lyndia

      Did you say that about that funny looking white boy that is going to jail for life for killing his mama and the call girl. If I read the article correctly, HE STABBED HIS MAMA 40 TIMES. HIS OWN MAMA. HE STABBED THE CALL GIRL TOO. WHITE BOY BABY. THEY DO THAT ALL THE TIME. TO BAD YOU DON’T HAVE ANY CHILDREN. THEY WOULD HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE TO KILL YOU TOO.

      • GM

        Sounds like a story out of Schaumburg where a black girl stabbed her black mom several times.

  • Right

    Most of these programs are discriminatory anyway. Get rid of them, but make her pay it back.

  • The Cryptojournalist

    The term ‘housing official’ is too kind. Slum lord is the technical phrase you’re looking for.

    Grimy slum lord, actually



    • Lyndia

      You are lying. (As usual.)

    • Tisha

      She is incident until proven guilty and for all racist comments keep them to yourself.
      White people has been getting away with murder, robbery and corruption for over 400 years

  • Lyndia

    This is a damn shame and I am glad she got caught. (It took them long enough.)

  • Handout lovers

    I don’t know whats worse, this lady stealing the money or the fact that a program exists where taxpayers are paying for other folk’s rent.

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