A press release from the U.S. Attorney in Springfield:
FORMER ACTING PEMBROKE TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING TOWNSHIP ACCOUNTS
Springfield, Ill. – A federal grand jury today returned an indictment that charges Leon Eddie Mondy, former acting Pembroke Township Supervisor, with defrauding township accounts of more than $60,000 from August 2012 to May 2013.
Mondy will be issued a summons to appear in federal court in Urbana for arraignment on a date to be determined by the U.S. Clerk of the Court.
The indictment charges Mondy, 35, of St. Anne, Ill., with one count of wire fraud.
According to the indictment, as acting Pembroke Township Supervisor, Mondy was a signatory and had access to multiple bank accounts that held township funds.
The indictment alleges that Mondy made cash withdrawals of township funds under the false pretense that the funds would be used for the benefit of Pembroke Township.
In fact, the indictment alleges Mondy used the funds for his personal benefit, such as for gambling.
Mondy allegedly withdrew cash from various Pembroke Township accounts, such as the Insurance Fund, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Water Debt Fund, Community Center Fund, and the Senior Nutrition Fund.
The charge is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller.
If convicted, the offense of wire fraud carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in
prison and fines of up to $250,000.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
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This is a township with a predominately Afro-American population. Governor Rod Blagojevich selected the area for his own anti-poverty pilot project. It is my belief that Blagojevich had Presidential ambitions at the time. He pumped all sorts of resources into the township.