Illinois Attorney General investigating Coleman murder memorial money trail

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(KTVI)-- The Illinois Attorney General`s Office is investigating the money trail involving a memorial fund for murder victim Sheri Coleman and her boys.  Fox 2 first raised questions about possible missing money on July the 29th.

The man responsible is the late Sheri Coleman`s brother, Mario Decicco.  Decicco never answered our questions about $35,000 raised to memorialize his sister and her two kids, but he reportedly gave an earful to a St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter.

The questions began when one of Sheri Coleman`s best friends asked about money she turned over years ago.  Meegan Turnbeaugh talked about it in this previous Fox 2 report -

She provided copies of cashiers` checks she sent Sheri Coleman`s family.  They total more than $35,000.

Mario Decicco didn`t answer Fox 2, but seemed to lash out at our partners at the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  Reporter Nick Pistor described Decicco as, 'pretty angry.'

Decicco sent Pistor an email saying 'It`s been 4 years. I gave an anonymous cash donation to a women`s shelter in Chicago. I hope that`s okay with you. What do you want from me? Can`t (sic) I please try to get on with my life?'

Then Pistor said Decicco called to say he cashed out $28,000 and secretly gave it to an unknown women`s shelter in Chicago.

I asked Pistor, 'How did he describe doing this?..- leaving an envelope of cash at a doorstep? (Pistor answered) He  took it in and left it there. (Hayes) like on the countertop? (Pistor) Yeah and he didn`t want to be connected to it. It was anonymous. (Hayes) $28,000 in cash? (Pistor) That`s what he says.'

It should be easy to track according to a bank official, because any withdrawal over ten grand automatically generates a report to the Federal government.  Meanwhile Mario Decicco is giving few details beyond his description of a mysterious cash drop off.

Pistor added, 'Obviously Mario is still very upset about what happened to his sister and nephews. He`s emotional about a lot of issues and obviously he`s very emotional about the questions being asked about this money. (Hayes added) He felt being picked on maybe?  (Pistor) Well I think he felt somewhat cornered.'

I tried calling and emailing Decicco again today, with no response.  We`ll continue following up as the Illinois Attorney General Investigates.

What’s happened to the Coleman memorial money?
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