Santos pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, according to the Chicago Tribune. She faces a $1,000 fine and restitution of $20,000, according to prosecutors.
“This morning I have concluded my life as a public figure,” Santos said following a court hearing at the Dirksen Federal Building.
The count of mail fraud related to a letter Santos sent to an attorney who had hosted a campaign fundraiser for her. Santos admitted the letter was prepared on city time by a treasurer’s office employee. Prosecutors said the issue in Santos’ case was not what she did personally, but what she had city workers do on her behalf.
Instead of facing a prison sentence she will be granted time served for the more than three months she spent in prison following her conviction by a federal jury in May 1999, according to prosecutors.
Santos was facing a November 13 retrial. She was convicted in May 1999, but the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction on in January after Santos had already served a portion of her 40-month prison sentence. She had returned to her office in April.
US District Court Judge George Lindberg must still accept Santos’ plea.