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An Offer You Can't Woof

By Roland Lara in News on Jun 7, 2006 2:00PM

Remember Betty Loren-Maltese? She was the mayor of Cicero who was convicted for a whole buffet’s worth of corruption.

money.gifA long-time associate of the former mayor has just had the book thrown at him. Vincent Iaccino pleaded guilty to charges arising out of allegations that he stole $346,000 of the town's money in a scheme involving his dog.

Now none of this seems particularly unusual (for Chicago, at least), until you get to the details.

Turns out Mr. Iaccino used his position as editor of the town newsletter to cash checks for real and fictitious expenses. And he used two bank accounts to deposit said ill-gotten gains: and one of the names on the account was his dog, Rocco.

The name on the account, the one for his dog?

“Rocco J. Dawg.”

paw_print_clipart_4.gifHoly cow, y’all. That takes balls. Especially when you find that Mr. Iaccino was able to yoink $30,000 by signing the checks for Rocco J. Dawg. One would assume he signed the checks with a paw print.


Why not just set up dummy accounts for Seamus O’Larceny or Johnny D’Embezzlement?