Former sheriff's deputy faces felony theft charges

BLOOMINGTON - A former McLean County sheriff's deputy is facing felony theft charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a union he belonged to.

Authorities say Jay Hobson was indicted on two counts of theft over $100,000 on January 21.  Officials say the money that Hobson allegedly took was to be used for charity efforts.

The charges allege that between November 2011 and July 2014, Hobson embezzled money from the McLean County Deputies Fraternal Order of Police No. 176.  Authorities also say Hobson was the treasurer of the group, but resigned in August after it was discovered that the union's bank account had been depleted.

Hobson turned himself in on Wednesday, and was released from jail after posting bond on Thursday.  He is expected to be back in court in February.
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