In Illinois, a federal jury found Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O’Brien- the first Filipina elected as a judge in the state — guilty of mail and bank fraud in a $1.4 million real estate scheme.
Authorities first charged O’Brien back in April 2017 with fraud for lying on loan and refinancing documents for two investment properties. The feds say O’Brien then made a profit by unloading the homes to a straw buyer whom O’Brien paid.
Authorities say O’Brien pocketed at least $325,000 from the transactions.
Under Illinois law, the conviction means O’Brien loses her spot on the bench. A sentencing hearing has been set for July 6th.
In a statement to BA, O’Brien said, “This too shall pass. I still do believe that ultimately, the truth will set me free.”