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Ex-Chicago Tribune Exec Guilty of Mail Fraud

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Ex-Chicago Tribune Exec Guilty of Mail Fraud

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Ex-Chicago Tribune exec guilty of mail fraud

Robert L. Dickey pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud June 24 in connection with his misappropriation of nearly $890,000 during the four years he was director of marketing for the Chicago Tribune.

In entering his plea before U.S. District Judge Suzanne Conlon, the 45-year-old Dickey - standing stoop-shouldered but answering in a clear voice - acknowledged that he had altered or fabricated 66 invoices to bill the Tribune for things ranging from gold coins to landscaping at his home to a $1,497.91 dollhouse (E&P, June 22, 1991).

Dickey faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison with a $250,000 fine when sentence is imposed Aug. 7. In addition, the government is asking that Dickey be ordered to pay full restitution to the Tribune or its insurer. Dickey has so far repaid $716,788.32, mostly from the sale of his Kenilworth, Ill., home.

Dickey's attorney, James S. Montana Jr., told the court that he is seeking a reduction in sentence based on Dickey's "diminished mental capacity. …

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