Suburban Library District President Indicted, Charged with Theft
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Friday, 03 April 2009 01:31
Chicago, IL–(ENEWSPF)–April 2, 2009.
A south suburban library district official has been indicted and charged with stealing more than $135,000 in district funds that she allegedly used to gamble at riverboat casinos, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Susan D. Quirk, 58, was indicted on charges of theft and official misconduct. She appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse yesterday in front of Judge Bertina Lampkin and pled not guilty to all charges.
The indictment alleges that from 1987 until her resignation in August 2008, Quirk served as an elected trustee and later as president of the Posen Public Library District. The Posen district does not operate a library facility but instead has an intergovernmental agreement with the Midlothian Public Library that allows Posen residents to utilize the services and facilities of the Midlothian Library. Under the agreement, the Posen Library Board uses property taxes to reimburse the Midlothian Library for the use of its library services by Posen residents.
Beginning in 2001, the indictment alleges that Quirk began writing checks to herself on accounts controlled by the district. She would then allegedly use these funds to pay for gambling trips to local riverboat casinos.
“The citizens of Cook County have a right to expect honest services from their local governments,” Alvarez said. “The theft of taxpayer money by an elected official is a blatant violation of the public trust and will not be tolerated.”
In December of 2007, Quirk wrote a check to the Midlothian Library that was less than the amount due under the terms of the agreement. When that check was returned for insufficient funds, the defendant wrote another check for a lesser amount, leaving an even larger balance past due.
After repeated attempts to collect the money from the defendant, Midlothian Officials eventually informed Posen Library Board Members that if the district did not pay the full amount owed them village residents would be denied access to the library.
In response to this, an emergency meeting was held in which board members demanded an explanation from Quirk. Initially she told them she believed the money had either been transferred incorrectly or was missing. However at the next board meeting in August of 2008, she admitted stealing the money to fund her gambling addiction and tendered her resignation.
Yesterday, Judge Lampkin set her bond at $20,000 and continued the case until May 11th. If convicted she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.