Geneva Streets Superintendent Steve LeMaire has been taken into police custody and formally indicted on charges of theft, online theft by deception and Official Misconduct.
On Friday (Feb. 3), a grand jury formally indicted LeMaire on the criminal charges listed below:
- Theft—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—a Class 2 felony with a possible sentence of three to seven years and up to a $25,000 fine.
- Official Misconduct—a Class 3 felony with a possible sentence of two to five years and up to a $25,000 fine.
LeMaire surrendered himself to the Geneva Police on Saturday, Feb. 4. While at the Police Department, he was processed, posted the required $2,500 bail and was then released from custody.
The misuse of funds originally was discovered on Jan. 11, when Director of Public Works Dan Dinges was reviewing a monthly credit card statement and noticed purchases made by LeMaire that seemed suspicious.
Past purchases were re-examined, revealing many additional purchases made by LeMaire. More than $24,000 in unauthorized purchases were discovered dating as far back as 2004. The press release did not say what items were purchased with the city's credit card.
He is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, in Room 319 of the Kane County Judicial Center.
The city of Geneva suspended LeMaire from work on Jan. 12 pending the outcome of an investigation.
Information for this article was provided by a city of Geneva Police Department press release.