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Arrest warrant issued for former Tribune executive

Stephanie Pater

Stephanie Pater

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Updated: January 10, 2013 9:22PM

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a former Tribune Co. executive after she skipped court for the second time in two weeks.

Stephanie Pater — the Tribune’s former real estate honcho — has been free on bail since she was charged with bilking the company out of $260,000 during its bankruptcy.

But when she failed to show up in federal court last week to enter a plea, Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan warned he’d issue a warrant for her arrest if she missed her next court date.

Instead of heeding that warning, Pater sent the judge’s courtroom deputy an email saying “I will have my attorney contact you.”

When she then failed to show up Thursday morning, Der-Yeghiayan made good on his threat, issuing a warrant for her arrest.

“Ms. Pater cannot run this courthouse,” the judge said. “The courtroom is here for a reason.”

The judge said that if Pater, who has not responded to repeated messages from her attorneys and court staff, arranges to turn herself in, he will dismiss the warrant.

Prosecutors allege that after the 39-year-old left the Tribune in 2010 and set up her own business to handle the media giant’s real estate interests, she stole commissions that should have been paid to the Tribune.

She has yet to enter a plea and no longer lives in Illinois, according to prosecutors.

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