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October 23, 2014

MADIGAN: FORMER CEO SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR STEALING THOUSANDS FROM NAPERVILLE ADOPTION CHARITY

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced the former chief executive officer of a Naperville-based adoption agency was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution for stealing charitable funds for personal use.

Robert Geniesse, 52, was sentenced today by Judge George Bakalis in DuPage County Criminal Court. Geniesse was found guilty of theft, personal use of charitable trust funds, wire fraud and forgery while he served as CEO of Our Childrenís Homestead.

While CEO of the charity, Geniesse was found to have used business credit cards for personal expenses in 2010 and 2011. Geniesse charged purchases to the charity, including expensive camera equipment, shopping trips to Neiman Marcus for cosmetics, home goods at Pottery Barn and Ethan Allen, a $600 trip to Binnyís Beverage Depot, and costly restaurant tabs, including a nearly $1,000 tab at Mortonís in Naperville. Geniesse also expensed lavish trips, including an outing to a Minnesota Vikings game, Chicago Bulls game, over $1,300 at Luxury Link in Los Angeles, and $3,800 in airline tickets overseas. None of the expenses were connected to his role as CEO of the organization.

ďThe defendant betrayed the charitable mission of the organization he led, instead choosing to enrich himself and steal from his groupís donors and the families who rely on its services,Ē Madigan said.

Geniesse fled to Germany in 2012 following Madiganís indictment. He was convicted in an August bench trial after being extradited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation back to DuPage County.

Assistant Attorneys General Edward Snow and Albert Berry III and Associate Director James S. Dorger investigated and prosecuted the case for Madiganís office.

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