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DMV hiring embezzler for second state job enough to drive you crazy

The Illinois Secretary of State either failed to check or didn’t care before hiring a woman who embezzled $234,000 from another state job.
The Illinois Secretary of State either failed to check or didn’t care before hiring a woman who embezzled $234,000 from another state job. Illustration

So you work for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, embezzle $234,000 from the bursar’s office where students make tuition payments and serve 15 months probation.

Does that disqualify you from another state job? Heck no.

Candace F. Wanzo, 55, of Centralia, is on paid administrative leave from checking vanity plates for the Illinois Secretary of State. What did she do this time?

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s chief spokesman, Dave Druker, said he can’t say.

Any chance that a convicted embezzler could return to her old ways? We’ll see.

As far as White’s office, they didn’t, couldn’t or wouldn’t see. They didn’t see the potential, they couldn’t be bothered with the background check or wouldn’t ignore the politician one can guess was backing Wanzo for the job.

We’d guess another of state Sen. James Clayborne’s female friends found herself a cushy state job, but Wanzo lives outside his district. It would almost be more comforting if she were a political hire, because that’s understandable compared to the incompetence involved in hiring an ex-con for a position of trust.

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