Geneva Official Charged with Theft, Misconduct
Byline: Susan Sarkauskas firstname.lastname@example.org
Felony charges of theft, online theft and official misconduct were filed Friday against Geneva streets division superintendent Steve LeMaire.
He is accused of making more than $24,000 in unauthorized purchases dating back to 2004 using city funds, according to Geneva police.
LeMaire, a 33-year employee of the city, was suspended Jan. 12. Geneva police investigated allegations of misuse of city funds.
LeMaire was indicted by a Kane County grand jury Friday. An arrest warrant was approved Friday by Kane County Circuit Judge Timothy Sheldon. Bail was set at $25,000, and arrangements are being made for LeMaire to turn himself in to Geneva police.
In a prepared statement, Geneva police said the suspected misuse of funds was discovered Jan. 11, when the public works director was reviewing a monthly credit card statement and noticed purchases by LeMaire "which seemed suspicious."
The city then decided to examine past purchases, "revealing many other purchases made by Mr. LeMaire, which also seemed to be of a suspicious nature," according to the statement. Some went back as far as 2004.
Police said LeMaire cooperated with the investigation.
LeMaire, 55, lives in Elburn. …