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A federal grand jury has indicted Cook County Circuit Judge Jessica A. O’Brien and one other person today on charges they misled mortgage lenders to obtain and refinance $1.4 million in mortgage and commercial loans.
The 12-page indictment alleges O’Brien and co-defendant Maria Bartko engaged in a scheme to defraud lenders and obtain money and property by concealing material facts on several mortgage documents submitted to financial lenders such as Citibank, New Century Mortgage Corp. and First Magnus Financial Corp. between 2004 and 2007.
Both women were charged with one count of mail fraud affecting a financial institution. O'Brien was