State Makes Plea Offer to LeMaire
State makes plea offer to former streets superintendent charged with using a city of Geneva credit card to make $24,000 in unauthorized purchases. The offer involves restitution of city funds.
The former Geneva streets superintendent accused of using a city credit to make more than $24,000 in unauthorized purchases will have his next day in court on May 24 in Courtroom 319 of the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles.
During a status hearing held April 19 at the judicial center, it was mentioned in open court by the defense that the state has made a plea offer.
An article in the Kane County Chronicle confirms that attorney Matthew Hachigian, who was representing LeMaire on behalf of attorney John Carbon, said the city has extended a plea offer that calls for some sort of restitution of funds.
A Geneva Patch call to John Carbon's office was not returned.
On March 7, LeMaire pleaded not guilty to charges of theft, online theft and misappropriation of funds.
Theft is a Class 1 felony carrying a possible sentence of four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with a fine of up to $25,000. Online theft by deception is a Class 2 felony with a possible sentence of three to seven years and up to a $25,000 fine. Official misconduct is a Class 3 felony with a possible sentence of two to five years and up to a $25,000 fine.
The city credit card charges were discovered when Geneva Public Works Director Dan Dinges checked on some of LeMaire's expenditures while LeMaire was on vacation.