CHICAGO | A Chicago woman who supervised four field offices, including one in Chicago Heights, of a Cook County job-training program faces federal charges she falsified documents related to an Illinois state review of the county’s summer youth program.
Brendolyn Hart-Glover, 42, is charged with engaging in a scheme to falsify documents. A criminal complaint was unsealed Friday following her arrest, and she appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert.
During 2010, Hart-Glover was acting director of the county’s President’s Office of Employment Training, which since has been renamed the Cook County Works program. The program received federal grants totaling $5.67 million during 2009 and 2010 for summer youth jobs.
According to the criminal complaint, there were problems with hundreds of files for people who participated in the program, including about 70 cases where no files could be found.
Cooperating witnesses have told prosecutors that Hart-Glover ordered them to “reproduce” or “re-create” missing files in order to maintain federal funding. Fifty-six of the missing 70 files then were submitted.
Prosecutors say that Hart-Glover, who oversaw program offices in Chicago Heights, Oak Forest, Cicero and Maywood, could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if found guilty of the charges.