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April 2, 2009

MADIGAN: FORMER EMPLOYEE CONVICTED FOR THEFT FROM SOUTH SUBURBAN AUTO DEALERS AND LOCAL BANK

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a former Flossmoor man was convicted on multiple counts for stealing more than $280,000 from several Chicago area used car dealerships where he formerly worked and from a south suburban bank.

Ivan Scianni, 28, pled guilty in the Circuit Court of Cook County this week to two counts of theft over $100,000, a Class 1 felony, and one count of theft over $10,000, a Class 2 felony. The Court sentenced Scianni to 48 months of probation and ordered him to pay restitution to the victims.

"This conviction is part of our extensive work to fight financial fraud to the fullest extent," Madigan said.

From approximately December 2004 to July 2005, Scianni worked for two used car dealerships in Chicago Heights and South Chicago Heights, from which he stole nearly $180,000 collectively. In early 2005, Scianni submitted false car loan applications to the Bank of Calumet for which he secured more than $100,000.

The Attorney General's office learned of the case from the Illinois State Police.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Neal Goodfriend handled the case for Madigan's Special Prosecutions Bureau.

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