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Former Pinckneyville fire district bookkeeper sentenced in fraud


Tammy L. Kellerman, 53, of Pinckneyville, the former bookkeeper for the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Benton to 33 months in prison for defrauding the taxpayer-funded municipal entity of more than  $444,000.

James L. Porter, acting United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said Kellerman had previously pled guilty on Feb. 2 to four counts of mail fraud.

Information introduced in support of the guilty pleas and sentence showed that between 2004 and 2013, Kellerman used her position to steal funds from the district by sending unauthorized checks drawn on the district’s bank account through the United States mail to pay her personal credit card bills and other expenses and, thereafter, made false entries in the district’s  accounting software to conceal her theft from the board.

In addition to the 33-month term in prison, Kellerman was ordered to pay the United States $400 in special assessments and to pay a total of $441,390.32 in restitution (consisting of $406,640.32 to PRFPD and $34,750 to its insurer). Kellerman was also placed on a three-year term of supervised release to follow her time in prison.

The investigation leading to Kellerman’s conviction and sentence was a cooperative effort by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Illinois State Police, the Criminal Investigations Division of the Illinois Department of Revenue, and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. The federal case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.

— From the Illinois Business Journal 

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