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Brown ‘appalled’ at bribery charge against office manager

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown says she is "appalled" that one of her employees has been charged with accepting a $2,000 bribe.

Benjamin M. Maldonado turned himself in Thursday morning and was charged with bribery and official misconduct, according to a statement from the clerk's office.

Maldonado, 50, was being held in the Cook County Jail on a $10,000 bond, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office.

He is accused of accepting a $2,000 cash payment "to cause him to influence the performance" of his job, according to court records cited in the statement.

Brown said in the statement, "The clerk's office prides itself on maintaining high standards of integrity and, although the employee is innocent until proven guilty, I am appalled by the arrest of an employee for bribery and misconduct."

The clerk's office is investigating and Maldonado, a manager in the Probate Division, has been placed on unpaid leave, the statement said.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 25.

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