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Position of Trust Creating Mistrust (Video) –

August 17, 2013   ·   3 Comments

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DEWITT CO. (ECWd) –

During “bill payment” at the DeWitt County Board Meeting on Aug 15th, a board member questioned the validity of a bill presented for payment. The bill in question was a credit card assigned to the Probation/Drug Court Officer. It’s not that an incorrect amount was presented, but that a charge was paid by the officer and it was annotated as personal items.

The board member questioned whether the credit card was a County Gov’t card or whether it was a personal card. Turns out it was a County credit card. That being the case, he questioned about people charging personal thing to the county card. He could not get an answer out of the State’s Attorney’s office, who was present, but instead started receiving “excuses” about where that money comes from. It doesn’t matter where it comes from, the fact is, it is PUBLIC CREDIT!

Use of public funds, property or credit for other than public purposes is a crime, and the State’s Attorney’s office knows it! At a minimum it is a violation of Article VIII, Section 1, of the 1970 Constitution of the State of Illinois. Other statutes fall in place also, like official misconduct, and they are all potential felonies if prosecuted.

From the words spoken in the audio, this is not an isolated incident and the County of DeWitt needs to institute a Credit Card Use Policy immediately. Keep in mind this comes from an officer that sees to it that other people follow the law, and if not he recommends they be returned to custody.

Audio is below, and video below that. 

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. old says:

    So, how long is it going to take before the public officials that we the tax payers elect to SERVE US learn that we are not going to continue to sit on our behinds and let them spend our money on personal items, trips, etc. When caught they need to face the judge and jury just like a common thief. Pay the money back and spend some jail time. Spending time in jail or prison should be the punishment and the warning to these public figures that if you steal from us you must do the time. Crime/time.

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