Agency accountant admits embezzling more than $130,000

CHICAGO (AP) — A senior accountant at the Illinois Medical District Commission has pleaded guilty to embezzlement for allegedly transferring more than $130,000 into personal accounts.

Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Cynthia Fernandez-Alonso of Berwyn used her position to direct payments from the commission’s bank account into three personal accounts beginning no later than November 2013 and continuing until last April.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, plus restitution. A sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 22.

The Illinois Medical District Commission facilitates collaboration among the various medical, health and social service agencies operating within the Illinois Medical District on Chicago’s Near West Side.