Thursday, January 22, 2015

Former Sheriff's Deputy In Illinois Indicted For Allegedly Embezzling $100K+

From on 1/21/2015:

A former McLean County sheriff's deputy was indicted Wednesday on felony theft charges alleging he stole more than $100,000 from the deputies' police union.

Jay Hobson, 36, of Bloomington faces two counts of theft over $100,000 in which he is accused of taking money from the union between Nov. 2, 2011, and July 28, 2014. He resigned Aug. 15, 2014, shortly after the money was reported missing.

Hobson was booked into the jail late Wednesday afternoon after he turned himself in. He was jailed in lieu of posting $10,025.

Sheriff Jon Sandage, who was elected in November, said Wednesday the charges against Hobson, who worked for the department for 12 years, are unfortunate but not a reflection on the department's 54 sworn officers.

"The majority of our officers realize that someone who does things that gives police a black eye has no business in police work. Every good police officer knows they are held to a higher standard," said Sandage.

In early August, officers with the McLean County Deputies Fraternal Order of Police No. 176 discovered an alleged embezzlement that wiped out its bank account, Deputy Jeremy Bradley said last month.

"We were depleted," said Bradley, union president since January 2014.

The money was intended for a variety of charity efforts, including holiday food baskets for families at The Baby Fold. Bradley said about $4,000 was donated by people in December after a story in The Pantagraph.


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