Former IL Water Dept. Mgr. Pleads Guilty
By WestKyStar Staff
MARION, IL - The former manager of the Marion, Illinois Water Dept. pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft and embezzlement charges in US District Court.
Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton says 59-year-old Linda Heyde of Marion was manager of the city water department from 1996-May 2012. Her guilty pleas stem from a three-year time period: May, 2009-April, 2012.
Heyde was suspected of stealing funds during that time, and an audit determined that over $500,000 was missing from the water department.
Heyde admitted to embezzling funds during that time period, but is contesting the dollar amount.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to ten years in prison for each count, a $250,000 fine, manditory restitution, and three years of probation.
Heyde is scheduled to be sentenced September 20, 2013.