Prosecutors: Former school treasurer stole more than $1M

Prosecutors: Former school treasurer stole more than $1M

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The former treasurer of a west suburban school district stole more than $1.5 million from the organization during his 24-year tenure, according to prosecutors who have charged him with theft.

Robert Healy, 54, of LaGrange Highlands, has been charged with one count each of felony theft of government property and official misconduct, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office. On Thursday, Judge James Brown ordered him held on a $100,000 bond.

Healy, former treasurer of the Lyons Township Trustees of Schools, is accused of stealing more than $1.5 million from the organization over the past 20 years. Lyons Township Schools manages more than $280 million in public funds for 13 school districts and agencies that serve more than 21,000 children in the western suburbs.

Healy served as treasurer from July 1, 1988, until he resigned in Sept. 1, 2012, according to the state's attorney's office. He was responsible for making investments and managing the payroll for 13 school districts and agencies.

Prosecutors claim that in 1989 Healy began adding unauthorized compensation to his bi-monthly paychecks and issuing himself additional salary and benefits totaling $630,346.78.

Healy also made 105 unauthorized wire transfers totaling $900,853.32 from the Lyons Township Schools' bank account to his personal account between February 2002 and April 2011, prosecutors claim.

In July 2011, Healy allegedly transferred $7,547.51 to his personal account to make a down payment on a luxury vehicle, according to the state's attorney's office.

Healy will be back in court Sept. 4, according to the state's attorney's office. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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