By: Diane Benjamin
I hope the Illinois State Police investigation doesn’t take two years in the Bloomington case, but charges were filed against a former Champaign County official in September for personal use of a government credit card in 2015:
Former Champaign County Supervisor of Assessments Joseph Meents, 44, of Fisher, charged in September 2017 with eight counts of official misconduct in connection with the alleged misuse of a county credit card during the last quarter of 2015.
The total charge of Margot’s plane ticket was more than the total Meents is accused of charging – $1,133.57.
Meents also paid the money back, but not until the illegal charges were found. Quote from the story:
Meents paid the money back within weeks of the unauthorized charges coming to light. Farney said he received a tip and began looking at financial reports.
Another case of nobody checking the statements. Sound familiar? Why did it take a tip?
If convicted, Meents faces 2-5 years in jail.