BENTON, Ill. (AP) – A former bookkeeper for a small southern Illinois fire protection district has admitted to stealing more than $450,000 in taxpayer money.
The Southern Illinoisan reports that 53-year-old Tammy Kellerman of Pinckneyville pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to four counts of mail fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release on each count.
Authorities say Kellerman stole the money from the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District between 2004 and 2013, and then used the swindled funds to pay her personal credit card bills and other expenses.
Kellerman also is charged at the state level with theft of government funds of more than $100,000, filing a fraudulent Illinois income tax return, computer fraud, wire fraud and official misconduct.
She’s scheduled to be sentenced May 24 on the federal charges.
Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com