Former county clerk accepted bribe for Oak Park house deed

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Regina Taylor, 59, pleaded guilty to honest service mail fraud after accepting a $200 bribe from an undercover agent in 2012.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois, Taylor agreed to add a relative’s name to the deed of an Oak Park home back in 2012. An undercover law enforcement agent engaged her with a $200 cash bribe for the favor. Taylor’s plea agreement states that she gave the fraudulent deed to the agent so that the agent could have it stamped by the Village. From there, the agent was instructed to bring back the stamped copy of the deed so Taylor could file it at the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

“Taylor directed the agent not to tell anyone that the three other individuals on the deed were deceased,” according to the plea agreement. “Taylor then prepared the fraudulent deed and back-dated it by 18 months, confirming the purported relative as a grantee.”

Taylor can now be facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or double the gross gain or gross loss from the offense, whichever one is more. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 13 under U.S. District Judge Sara L. Ellis.

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