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Woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 from Pinckneyville Fire Dept.

Tammy Kellerman (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office) Tammy Kellerman (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)

A Pinckneyville, Illinois woman is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District.

Tammy Kellerman, 52, was charged in Perry County Criminal Court on one count of theft of government funds over $100,000, four counts of filing a fraudulent Illinois income tax return and computer fraud and two counts of wire fraud and official misconduct.

According to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Kellerman, a former employee at PRFPD, was allegedly able to leverage her access to embezzle more than $100,000 that would have otherwise supported the fire district, for her own personal use. Additionally, Kellerman allegedly did not disclose the extra income on her state income tax returns.

"Residents of Illinois' communities depend on the services provided by local fire departments," Madigan said. "At a time when public funding for those services is scarce, the defendant's actions are even more reprehensible."

Kellerman's bond was set at $100,000 with the requirement that she post 10 percent up front.

As of Monday afternoon, Aug. 17, she did bond out of jail. Her next court appearance is Sept. 29.

Assistant Attorneys General Eugene Brian and Gregory Stucka are handling the case for Madigan's Special Prosecutions Bureau. The investigation was conducted in cooperation with the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Revenue, Criminal Investigations Division, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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