CHICAGO (STMW) — An ex-aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison Wednesday for steering more than $300,000 in phony county contracts to her own company and her pals.

Carla Oglesby, 44, was convicted of theft, money laundering and unlawful stringing of bids last year, but was cleared of several counts of financial crimes and official misconduct.

While Judge James Linn conceded that prosecutors did not “connect all the dots” in their claims against Oglesby, he said Stroger’s former deputy chief of staff — and onetime campaign spokeswoman — willingly partook in the “classic money-laundering” scam. Stroger is not accused of any wrongdoing.

Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Robert Podlasek had said Oglesby was at the “heart” of the scheme that was greased with the assistance of Eugene Mullins, Stroger’s childhood friend and onetime chief media spokesman.

Mullins was sentenced to four years for his role in the scheme last month.

Oglesby was operating a small-time public relations firm, CGC Communication, in 2009 when Stroger tapped her to be his spokeswoman in his re-election bid. He lost the February 2010 primary, but Stroger kept Oglesby on his payroll as his $120,000-a-year deputy chief of staff until days after her arrest.

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