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Job-training program boss pleads guilty to federal charges

Updated: December 4, 2012 3:10PM

The boss of Cook County’s scandal-marred job-training program has pleaded guilty to federal charges she directed workers to fake birth certificates and other documents that had gone missing from the program.

Brendolyn Hart-Glover, 42, of Chicago, told staffers to re-create missing documents being sought by the state, which was reviewing the county’s federally funded 2009 Summer Youth Program.

She served as acting director of the Cook County President’s since-disbanded Office of Employment Training (POET) at the time but under a plea deal she agreed Tuesday now faces a year to 18 months behind bars.

POET had long been plagued with problems, from staffers sent to prison for on-the-job theft to accounting irregularities that lead to the county returning $8.4 million in federal job-training money between 2003 and 2008.

In 2009, federal grant money was frozen amid allegations that some of the 1,400 16 to 24-year-old employees in the program weren’t getting paid.

When the state demanded details of 70 missing files, Hart-Glover told employees to “reproduce” or “recreate” them to ensure the program’s continued funding, prosecutors alleged earlier this year.

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