Grand Jury Indicts Cook County Judge on Theft Charges
CHICAGO (AP) _ A Cook County judge has been indicted on charges he stole more than $15,000 by fining people convicted of crimes and then having them pay the fines directly to him on the spot.
Associate Judge Paul T. Foxgrover, 51, was indicted on 86 felony counts and 22 misdemeanor counts after a three-month investigation by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. The charges included counts of theft, forgery, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.
Foxgrover, reached by telephone Wednesday at his home in Chicago, declined to comment.
The indictment marked the first time that such charges had been brought against a sitting judge by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, said spokesman Andy Knott. Foxgrover, on the bench since 1984, will be barred from hearing cases until the charges against him are resolved, Knott said.
The indictment alleged that Foxgrover took 24 money orders or cashier’s checks from 21 defendants he saw between May 1990 and the beginning of this month, according to a news release from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. The checks totaled $15,655, according to the indictment.