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Executive Director

Genesis House

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Cook County State's Attorney's Office

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Charged were Patti Buffington, 47, the executive director of Genesis House, and Valerie Lewis, 45, the agency's chief executive officer.

Buffington, of 6033 N. Sheridan, was charged with being the organizer of a continuing financial crimes enterprise, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Buffington has a 1998 prior conviction for federal tax fraud and served the community service portion of her sentence at Genesis House. She was also placed on three years probation.
It is alleged that Buffington used some of the money to pay for private school for her daughter, for cars, for expensive clothing, for a lakefront condo and for frequent trips to the Caribbean.
It is alleged that Buffington stole $479,012 and used $51,751 to repay the IRS for monies it owed stemming from her 1998 conviction.
Lewis appeared in court Wednesday and Buffington is scheduled to appear in Br. 44 on Friday.

Genesis House- Contacts

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Patti BuffingtonExecutive Director 773 533 5600 ext. 24pbuffington@genesishouse.org

ABC News: Cities turn to humiliation to fight prostitution

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"This is not a victimless crime," says Patti Buffington, director of Genesis House.

Three Sheets to the Wind: Current Affairs

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Patti Buffington, 47, the executive director of Genesis House, appeared before Cook County Criminal Court Judge William Kunkle on Tuesday and was ordered held on $150,000 bond.

Buffington was charged with being the organizer of a continuing financial crimes enterprise and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted, said Cook County State's Atty.
Along with Buffington, Valerie Lewis, 45, the home's chief executive officer, was charged with theft and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted, Devine said.
Among the spending, prosecutors said in court that Buffington took more than $65,000 in cash and used money from Genesis House to make payments on two luxury cars, her home mortgage, a $1,000 haircut and private school tuition for her 10-year-old daughter.

Freakonomics Blog ยป Chicago police borrow a page from Freakonomics

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Patti Buffington, executive director of Genesis House, a social-services agency that helps prostitutes, said she has qualms about the Internet postings, but not on constitutional grounds.

Public identification of suspects could lead to violence in the homes of some of the men whose names are posted, Buffington said.And she said she fears the impact on children who may come across pictures of their fathers.

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