Former Non-Profit Executive Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft; Sentence Includes Year in Prison, $100k in Restitution to City

The former head of a non-profit social service organization pled guilty today in Cook County Circuit Court to one count of felony theft of government funds. Patti Buffington, 51, of Chicago was arrested in October 2006 and charged for the misappropriation of city, state, and federal funds provided to Genesis House – an organization that assists women in leaving prostitution.