Investigation looks into East St. Louis Township expenses

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) _ A federal investigation is looking into expenses charged on East St. Louis Township credit cards that are supported by local taxpayers.

In total, $280,000 was charged on three credit cards issued to Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton, administrative assistant Yvette Johnson, and June Hamilton Dean, a consultant to the township and an East St. Louis City Council member.

The questionable charges from 2012 through July of 2016 include hundreds of everyday purchases, from a few dollars a fast-food restaurant to hundreds and even thousands of dollars at online stores, airlines, hotels, gift shops, large retail outlets, pharmacies and restaurants.

State law says money spent on the credit cards is supposed to benefit the public.

Hamilton, Hamilton Dean and Johnson declined the Belleville News-Democrat’s ( ) request for comment.

A federal grand jury is scheduled to meet Sept. 20 to hear testimony.