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Ex-Mayor of San Diego admits to stealing millions to feed gambling addiction

The Guardian - published on 02/15/13

Maureen O'Connor admits to stealing $2.1 mil from late husband's charity, gambling losses of $1 bn

Former mayor of San Diego Maureen O'Connor has admitted to stealing over $2 million from her late husband's charity to feed a gambling addiction, with winnings totalling $1 billion, but losses $2 billion. She claims mental illness affected her actions. More from the Guardian:

"The former mayor of San Diego has admitted taking $2.1m from her late husband's charitable foundation to fund a decade-long gambling habit during which the losses reached more than $1bn.

"Maureen O'Connor pleaded not guilty to a money-laundering charge in an agreement with the Justice Department that defers prosecution for two years while she tries to repay the foundation and receives treatment for gambling.

"She said it was connected to a brain tumor. "There are two Maureens – Maureen No 1 and Maureen No 2," O'Connor told a news conference. "Maureen No2 is the Maureen who did not know she had a tumor growing in her brain." The tumor was diagnosed in 2011."

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