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Betty-Loren Maltese's Old House To Go Up For Auction

CICERO, Ill. (CBS) -- A piece of the storied history of corruption in west suburban Cicero can now be yours.

As WBBM Newsradio 780's Nancy Harty reports, the three-bedroom one-and-a-half-bath home at 3818 S. Austin Ave. may not raise any eyebrows. But a look at the lavender drapes, mirrored living room, and huge, white entertainment center provides a clue of the previous owner.

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That owner is former Cicero Town President Betty Loren-Maltese, and the Chicago Sun-Times reports the house will be auctioned off this coming Thursday.

The government-seized property is being auctioned to pay off Loren-Maltese's debts from an insurance scam conviction.

The Sun-Times reports 32 groups of people went through the home for a tour this past weekend.

Loren-Maltese was imprisoned for seven years, after being convicted of federal corruption charges in 2002.

After being released last year, she had to move into a tiny one-bedroom apartment in the south suburbs, surviving on a small widow's pension.

She has been seeking to have her conviction overturned, in hopes of regaining custody of her teenage daughter, Ashley, who lives with Loren-Maltese's estranged sister in Alabama.

Loren-Maltese says she will be at the auction at noon Thursday, the Sun-Times reported.


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