Report: Quinn's DCFS Appointee Pleaded Guilty to Stealing

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 02/17 2014 07:40AM

Updated 02/17 2014 08:14AM

SPRINGFIELD (WTVO) -- According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Governor Pat Quinn’s new director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services pleaded guilty to stealing from clients of a Chicago West Side social service agency and later became embroiled in a child-support battle over a daughter he said he never knew he’d fathered, records show.

Arthur D. Bishop, 61, had a felony theft charge pending against him when then-Govenor Jim Edgar’s administration hired him as a DCFS caseworker in 1995. He’d been accused of bilking patients of the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center out of more than $9,000, fighting the case for more than two years before pleading guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft.

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