U.S. Attorney Indicts Public Official for Credit Card Fraud

A press release from the U.S. Attorney for Southern Illinois:

Former Director of East St. Louis Public Library Indicted for Fraud and Embezzlement

Marlon P. Bush, 47, formerly the Director of the East St. Louis Public Library, was charged in a six-count Indictment with three counts of Wire Fraud and three counts of Embezzlement from the City of East St. Louis Public Library, a Unit of Government that received Federal Funds, Don Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Counts One through

Three of the Indictment, Wire Fraud, each carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, while Counts Four through Six, Embezzlement, each carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Each of the offenses is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000, with mandatory restitution.

The LibrariAn did not charge Disneyland tickets to her tax district.

The Indictment charges that from September 2014 through December 2016, Bush took excess salary and charged personal purchases to the East St. Louis Public Library’s credit card that included

  • professional sports tickets
  • concert tickets
  • personal apparel
  • jewelry
  • firearm accessories and
  • personal travel expenses.

Specific counts of the Indictment charge Bush with using the Library’s credit card to purchase tickets for

  • the Dallas Mavericks and the entertainer Bootsy Collins, as well as
  • throwing knives,
  • machete, and
  • an axe.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant.

Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

The investigation was conducted by the Metro-East Public Corruption Task Force, consisting of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations, and the Illinois State Police.

Anyone with information concerning public corruption can call the Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force Tip Line: 618-589-7353.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.


U.S. Attorney Indicts Public Official for Credit Card Fraud — 4 Comments

  1. No similarities to the Miller family, right?

    Is there a northern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force Tip line?

  2. The Millers had al their spending approved by the Township of Trustees each month.

    Takes them off the hook…no foul

  3. The Dixon City Council approved all of Rita Cronwell’s expenditures also.

    Didn’t take her off the hook.

  4. Those who think just because a board approved an illegal bill gets the person off the hook has NO CLUE how the law works.

    College of Dupage Radio Engineer is now in prison for over $400K of fraudulent invoices submitted for payment and all approved by the board.

    The one who committed fraud was the one charged.

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