Champaign Co. Assessments Official Resigns Due To Alleged Credit Card Misuse

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URBANA – Our partners at The Champaign News-Gazette report Champaign County’s supervisor of assessments resigned on Tuesday, January 12, due to alleged misuse of county-issued credit card.

Reporter Tom Kacich reports Supervisor of Assessments Joe Meents resigned from his position after less than four months in office. Meents was first appointed as interim supervisor in September and permanently took on the position in November.

According to The News-Gazette, Meents handed in his resignation following a meeting with county officials, including State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, Auditor John Farney, Treasurer Dan Welch, county board chairwoman Pattsi Petrie, county board member James Quisenberry and County Administrator Deb Busey.

Kacich writes Champaign County officials say Meents used his county-issued credit card to purchase about $4,000 in items for personal use. Some of those purchases included gasoline and football tickets.

County Auditor John Farney told The News-Gazette these purchases began September 26, which is six days after Meents took office. Farney says the irregularities were caught within one bill cycle. According to Kacich, Farney’s office discovered these after a receiving a tip about Meents’ activities.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz tells The News-Gazette that Meents has paid back the money, and the Illinois State Police is completing the investigation. Any criminal prosecution will be handled by a special prosecutor.

According to Kacich, Rietz also said Champaign County Presiding Judge Tom Difanis has appointed the state’s appellate prosecutor’s office in Springfield to handle possible criminal charges.

The full story from The News-Gazette can be found here.

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