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Maureen O'Connor, former San Diego Mayor, has admitted to taking $2.1 million from her late husband's foundation. 66-year-old O’Connor pleaded not guilty in a San Diego federal court Thursday.
These expenditures occurred during a decade-long gambling spree that she claims comes from depression and a brain tumor, reported ABCNews.
“There are two Maureens — Maureen No. 1 and Maureen No. 2. Maureen No. 2 is the Maureen who did not know she had a tumor growing in her brain,” O'Conner said at a press conference, reported by Time Magazine.
She was a once respectable politician that came from humble beginnings. She grew up poor and, with hard work, became a success story.
O’Connor began her career as a Catholic school teacher and served on the San Diego city council in the 1970s.
It was believed that O’ Connor won a billion dollars between the years of 2009-2010.
This knowledge was based on casino documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service. She was accused of money laundering as a result of an agreement with the U.S Justice Dept.
O’Connor cut a deal with U.S. District Judge David Bartick that defers prosecution as long as she agrees to pay restitution to her husband's foundation. If she doesn't pay back the money, she faces jail time and fines. During this time she can also get help for her addiction.