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Ex-Cook County worker charged with fraud in grant program

Updated: August 29, 2014 9:20PM



A former Cook County employee swindled at least $330,000 from a federal flood grants program he was paid to manage, prosecutors say.

English immigrant Barry Croall, 45, bought himself a Yorkville condo and a car and paid his credit card bills with the kickbacks he demanded, it’s alleged.

The $10.3 million federal grant was meant to help residents affected by 2008’s severe floods. But working as a program manager in the county’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Croall, of west suburban Montgomery, arranged between 2010 and 2011 for three contractors to overbill for their services, prosecutors say.

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