McHenry Co. (ECWd) -
Miller's Motion to Dismiss was denied except that count 9 is dismissed as moot. We understand count 9 was related to the missing records. We covered the Thomas Gooch III filing in this article. We suspect each and every point we have made on Miller's actions related to this case will be validated as the matter moves forward through the courts.
The Road District provided an oral motion to voluntarily dismiss count 8 which was tied to public cell phones converted to private accounts. This was done because the recovery would only include the costs of the phones which would be minimal in relation to everything else the Road District is seeking recovery of.
Miller was ordered to answer the complaint by May 6th, 2019, with a May 20th, 2019, status on the answer.
For those not familiar with the background on this case, one of the main issues is the recovery of government property and funds allegedly taken by Bob Miller. As outlined in the State's Attorney's 52 page Final Report on the first criminal investigation of Bob Miller, this legal action by the Road District is proper and appropriate.
"We note too that the Township’s or Road District’s interest here can be readily vindicated in civil court by suing to recover any spending deemed inappropriate."
One of the items ripe for recovery is the claimed $47,381.84 of sick time pay Miller provided himself on his way out of office. You can read numerous articles on that matter at this link.
We suggest that the Road District amend their original complaint and include all additional matters discovered after the initial filing in this case, such as the expansive overtime pay that conflicts with actual time cards. You can read that series of articles at this link.
A copy of the order from today's hearing can be downloaded at this link or viewed below.