New Cook Co. Recorder hires family friend with felony conviction: EXCLUSIVE

February 25, 2013
Fox 32 News

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News & Better Government Assoc.) -
You might think pleading guilty to a felony for helping stage an armored car robbery would be enough to disqualify you from public service, but apparently, not in Cook County.

FOX 32 and the Better Government Association have learned that new Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough gave a top job to Richella Goeloe-Jackson--a family friend with a felony conviction. Evidently, having clout can get you a sweet political job even after you've been found guilty of stealing more than $400,000.

After we starting asking questions, Goeloe-Jackson resigned from her $75,000-a-year job at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office. As FOX 32's Dane Placko chased her under City Hall, she wasn't interested in answering how someone with her background can get a job at Cook County.

According to federal court documents, Goeloe-Jackson, her husband, and another man, staged a fake armored car robbery in south suburban Hazel Crest in 2009 that netted $407,000. The FBI quickly caught on, and in 2010 Goeloe-Jackson pled guilty to felony theft of bank funds.