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From the Chicago Tribune:

The former head of a Chicago charter school forced to close because of financial mismanagement was charged Tuesday in federal court with stealing thousands of dollars from the school to go on spending sprees in high-end stores like Marshall Field’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Elan Furs.

Helen Hawkins, 64, of the 9000 block of South Harper Avenue is accused of racking up more than $250,000 on an American Express Credit Card belonging to Triumphant Charter School, said Jim Sullivan, Chicago Public Schools’ inspector general.

Hawkins spent more than $32,000 on jewelry, hair care, travel and designers like Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger and Coach, Sullivan said. She also used the money to buy appetite-suppressant pills, he said.

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