Retired sheriff's officer accused of stealing from an account

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DECATUR - The Macon County Sheriff says an internal audit reveals a retired Macon County Sheriff's Officer stole funds from account dating back to 2003.

The investigation performed by Illinois State Police Zone 5 and the Macon County State's Attorney's Office was in-depth and lengthy.  This investigation resulted in the arrest today of Steve Jones for theft of funds from the account dating back to 2003.

 

In a press release Thomas Schneider, Macon County Sheriff said the "funds associated with the account at issue are not derived from taxpayers' money; rather, they are forfeited funds seized solely from criminal defendants involved in buying and selling illegal drugs. "

 

Sheriff Schneider also said he identified a potential problem and immediately initiated an official investigation.

 

Schneider would also like to remind people that "the end result of this investigation does not adversely reflect on the great work of the men and women of the Macon County Sheriff's Office.   I have now put in place internal measures to maintain proper oversight of the funds while ensuring that drug investigations remain covert and confidential."

Jones posted bond, which was set at $750,000.  The State's Attorney says formal charges are pending.  

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