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FBI searches Zeigler, IL city hall

ZEIGLER, IL (KFVS) -

The FBI conducted search warrants at the Zeigler City Hall and at City Treasurer Ryan Thorpe's house on Thursday, August 24.

Agents searched an office in city hall and interviewed staff members.

Mayor Dennis Mitchell said guns and vehicles were seized from Thorpe's home.

Thorpe was also recently put on unpaid administrative leave, according to Mitchell.

A city meeting was held on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. It was open to the public for 40 minutes and then a closed meeting was held right after to discuss the FBI investigation.

The closed session lasted an hour.

According to Mitchell, all 2016 tax money has been accounted for. He said all checks were compared with bank statements and that he stands by the audit.

The next audit is due October 2017.

Zeigler Fire Chief Ryan Buckingham issued this statement:

As reported, the City of Zeigler's Finance Department has become the subject of an FBI investigation. At this time, this investigation will not affect the administrative or operational posture of our Fire Department. The men and women who serve your community as members of the ZFD will continue to do so proudly; keeping with a tradition we have upheld since 1924. Fire, rescue and emergency medical services will be professionally provided without interruption. Although the Fire Department is not the subject of this investigation, my office will cooperate fully and transparently with any inquiries we receive from investigators and the public. We thank you in advance for your continued support of YOUR Fire Department.

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