Monday, September 14, 2009

Update: Former Illinois Municipal Treasurer Sentenced In Embezzlement Conspiracy

Linda Cannon Connor, 54, of Belleville, Illinois, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for her role in an embezzlement conspiracy that bilked the village of Washington Park out of $369,587, where she had been employed as Treasurer and mayor's assistant. Specifically, Connor was sentenced to two consecutive three years terms for filing a false income tax return and 36 months for theft from the municipality. Connor had been indicted last March on charges of misapplication of property and filing a false tax return. According to prosecutors, Connor "influenced" former Washington Park payroll clerk Dorothy Richardson Triplett, in her theft of an additional $144,038 from the municipality. Triplett was sentenced in March to 18 months in prison. The village was forced to file for bankruptcy in July, partly as a result of the thefts. At her sentencing, Connor reportedly apologized to everyone, including the court, the municipality, her family and her church, saying, "I apologize to anybody who was hurt because of my actions. I am sorry for being naive and stupid. I ask for mercy from the court."

Read FraudTalk's earlier posts on this story here and here.

Read the story here, here and here.

Read the DOJ announcement of Connor's indictment here.

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