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Former San Diego mayor had gambling habit

Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:52 AM

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor pleaded innocent to charges of misappropriating $2 million from her late husband's non-profit foundation.

U.S. prosecutors said O'Connor used funds from the R.P. Foundation to gamble, the U-T San Diego newspaper reported Friday.

O'Connor, 66, reportedly looked frail when she appeared in court in San Diego to enter a plea before Magistrate Judge David Bartick.

Under an agreement, O'Connor has two years to repay money taken from the foundation set up by her husband, Robert O. Peterson, a co-founder of Jack in the Box.

The case won't proceed during the two-year period and can be dismissed if O'Connor complies with conditions of the arrangement.

Prosecutors said O'Connor had net gambling losses of $13 million despite winnings of $1 billion from 2000-09.

They described her current financial condition as "destitute."

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