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Judge: Home of ex-Cicero president Loren-Maltese can be sold

Betty Loren-Maltese lost her home Wednesday when U.S. District Judge John Grady lifted a September 2010 stay that had blocked the U.S. Attorney’s Office from seizing the property and going ahead with a planned auction.

Loren-Maltese — the former Cicero town president — was among seven people convicted in 2002 of defrauding Cicero of $12 million in an insurance scam that skimmed from premiums that were paid for town employees’ coverage.

Loren-Maltese served six years of an eight-year sentence.

Federal authorities had claimed four of her homes, her 1993 Cadillac and a Jeep Grand Cherokee in an effort to cover some of the $8.3 million that Maltese owed as restitution.

But Grady previously had delayed the auction during a Loren-Maltese court appeal.

The one-story, 1,200-square-foot brick home at 3818 S. Austin Blvd. has three bedrooms, a small front lawn and a covered patio.

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