Judge issues second arrest warrant for ex-Tribune exec

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A federal judge today issued a second arrest warrant for a former Tribune Co. executive who has now missed three different court dates on charges she defrauded the company of $260,000.

In an email sent to the court about half an hour before her third scheduled arraignment, Stephanie Pater said that her flight from New York had been diverted back to the airport but that she would arrive in Chicago by about 4 p.m. and "will come straight to you," said U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, reading the message aloud in his courtroom.

He then swiftly issued an arrest warrant for the second time since last week.

"When she's arrested, she will be brought before this court," the judge said. "Ms. Pater does not run this court room or the criminal justice system."

The judge also said he was seriously considering whether Pater should be released on bond.

Pater is charged with diverting real estate commissions meant for Tribune Co. to her own company, according to charges against her.

asweeney@tribune.com

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