The chief financial officer of the Joliet Housing Authority,
and her husband, allegedly stole some $200,000 from the Chicago Housing
From 2005 to 2008, Charlene Potts worked
for a private contractor hired by the CHA and had the power to process
lender, landlord and tenant payments. During that time, she allegedly issued 26
counterfeit checks to her husband Scott Washington, a supervisor at McCook trucking company USF
The checks, Cook County prosecutors said
Wednesday, totaled to more than $170,000 and were cashed at local
currency exchanges or Washington’s bank.
Washington, who are going through a divorce, were arrested earlier this
week. Potts is being held at $50,000 bail and Washington’s bail is set at $25,000.
In light of the allegations, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Joliet Housing Authority is auditing her work for the South Suburban agency and officials plans to meet Thursday to discuss an employee's termination.
CHA has replaced the vendor and initiated stringent managerial and
financial controls over its payment processes, including extensive
accounting and quality control procedures," CHA
spokeswoman Wendy Parks told the newspaper in a statement.