Former county officials charged with theft

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Staff Report

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced charges against three former officials of the Williamson County Circuit Clerk’s Office for theft of more than $84,000 in county funds for personal profit.

Madigan announced felony theft and official misconduct charges against former Clerk Supervisor Marsha Dickinson, 49, formerly of Marion, former Deputy Clerk Cheryl Cundiff, 58, of Herrin, and former Deputy Clerk Kelly Trammel, 43, of Marion.

Madigan alleged the trio conspired to steal cash bond payments to the office starting in 2008 and continuing through Aug. 5, 2013.

The defendants took advantage of their positions for personal gain and in turn defrauded county taxpayers,” Madigan said. “This case is another example of my commitment to ensuring public integrity in Illinois government.”

Dickinson was charged with seven counts of official misconduct, three counts of theft, one count of conspiracy to commit theft and three counts of forgery. Cundiff was charged with two counts of official misconduct, one count of theft and one count of conspiracy to commit theft. Trammel was charged with two counts of official misconduct, one count of theft and one count of conspiracy to commit theft.

Madigan alleged in the charges that the defendants regularly processed cash payments for bond in their capacity as employees of the Williamson County Circuit Clerk’s Office and conspired to steal the cash payments and sought to conceal the thefts.

The public is reminded that each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Public Integrity Bureau Chief David Navarro, Associate Director Louis Dolce and Assistant Attorneys General Jonas Harger and Eric Rieckenberg are handling the case for Madigan’s office. The Illinois State Police referred the case to the Attorney General’s office after conducting an investigation.

 

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