Thursday, May 26, 2016

Former county director charged with embezzlement

A former Winnebago County purchasing director has been charged with embezzling at least $5,000.

U.S. Attorney John MacKenzie filed a criminal complain in federal court Wednesday against Sally Claassen. She is charged with two counts accusing her of embezzling in 2014 and 2015. The county has said she used her county-issued credit card to buy $60,000 worth of personal items.

Last December, FBI agents seized nearly $300,000 front bank accounts controlled by Claassen and her husband.

Claassen ran the purchasing department from 1997 until she was placed on administrative leave in August. She resigned the following month.

Information provided by the Associated Press.

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