From GG: Judge O’Brien associate to cut deal and testify against crooked judge

MaryGSykes.com

Woman pleads guilty to mortgage fraud, agrees to testify against judge at trial

A former associate of Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O’Brien pleaded guilty Friday to her role in a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme and is expected to testify at O’Brien’s criminal trial next month.

Maria Bartko, 50, of Streamwood, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud affecting a financial institution.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin put off setting a sentencing date until after Bartko’s anticipated testimony against O’Brien, who is scheduled to go to trial Feb. 5 on mail and bank fraud charges stemming from the same alleged scheme. O’Brien has pleaded not guilty.

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