Former Pinckneyville fire dist. bookkeeper sentenced to 6 years in prison

Former Pinckneyville fire dist. bookkeeper pleads guilty to fraud

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The former bookkeeper for the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District was sentenced on Tuesday, June 22.

Tammy L. Kellerman, 53, of Pinckneyville, was sentenced to six years total in the Department of Corrections.

She was sentenced to six years for theft of government funds, two years for official misconduct and one year for income tax fraud. These will all run concurrently.

According to the county clerk, her federal sentence will also run concurrent to those.

Kellerman will also have to pay restitution in the amount of $242,438.64 to the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District.

She pleaded guilty on Tuesday, February 2 to a four-count information charging her with defrauding the fire district.

Between 2004 and 2013, Kellerman is accused of using her position at the fire district to steal more than $450,000 in district funds.

Throughout that time, Kellerman regularly used the U.S. mail to send unauthorized checks drawn on PRFPD's bank account to pay her personal credit card bills and other expenses. She then made false entries in PRFPD's accounting software to conceal the thefts.

Kellerman's sentencing was set for May 24, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. District Courthouse in Benton.

On each count, Kellerman faces up to 20 years in the federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Kellerman will also be required to make full restitution to PRFPD.

According to James L. Porter, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Kellerman will remain on bond pending sentencing.

The investigation leading to the charges and guilty plea was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Illinois State Police, the Criminal Division of the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

The federal case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.

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