CHICAGO (STMW) — A 58-year-old woman was charged Tuesday with embezzling nearly $290,000 from a foundation affiliated with the Union League Club of Chicago, officials said.

Christina Madej, who lives in a condominium off the Magnificent Mile, is accused of bilking the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation, which provides scholarships to Chicago high-school graduates who study engineering in college. A bond hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

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Madej was executive director of the foundation. An audit last year uncovered the alleged theft, police said, in which she wrote checks to herself from the foundation account.

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“My expectation is that we will continue to grant scholarships on the same basis,” said Richard Beem, a patent attorney and board member of the foundation, one of three affiliated with the Union League Club.

“The [engineers’] foundation discovered the loss of funds, which we understand is the subject of the charges, and has cooperated with law enforcement officials in their investigation,” the foundation said in a statement. “The loss was largely covered by insurance, and the foundation continues to pursue its mission.”

Court records show Madej filed for bankruptcy in 2005, declaring she was nearly $85,000 in debt. She listed her job at the Union League Club as well as another job at an Oak Street art gallery.

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