Former Pinckneyville bookkeeper sentenced for fraud

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BENTON, IL (KTVI) – The former bookkeeper for a Pinckneyville fire department was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three years in federal prison after stealing more than $440,000 in taxpayer money via fraud.

According the office of Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois James Porter, 53-year-old Tammy Kellerman used her position as the bookkeeper with the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District to steal money from the organization by sending unauthorized checks drawn from its bank account. She used that money to pay off her personal credit card bills and other expenses and made false entries in the fire department’s accounting software to cover-up her theft.

Kellerman pleaded guilty February 2 to four counts of mail fraud.

In addition to her 33-month prison term, Kellerman must also pay approximately $441,390.32 in restitution. She’ll be placed on a three-year term of supervised release when she leaves prison.

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