Magazine article American Libraries

Illinois Director Charged with $157,324 Theft

Magazine article American Libraries

Illinois Director Charged with $157,324 Theft

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The director of the Homer Township (Ill.) Library District since its founding 17 years ago pleaded not guilty Will County Circuit Court January 11 to one count of theft and one count of official misconduct. Regetta Meyers, 54, had surrendered to authorities December 10 on felony charges that she stole $157,324 from the library over three years. If convicted, she faces four to 15 years in prison on the first count and two to five on the second.

Meyers resigned in September after an audit revealed that the money was missing. Library board President Barry Levine told American Libraries that the problem was discovered during a routine annual audit. "There were a couple of checks that looked suspicious to the accountant," he said. "After finding those suspicious items, we bean to dig deeper, into a minor checking account that had escaped intense scrutiny up to that point." Primary operating accounts for the library's $1.2-million annual budget required tow board signatures, he said, but smaller accounts did not.

Meyers's refusal to cooperate with auditors increased suspicion that something was wrong, Levine indicated. …

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