Former Ogle County Sheriff Charged With Theft

Oct 13, 2016

Former Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn faces two felony theft charges from his time in office.

Court documents filed Wednesday allege he used Ogle County funds to purchase a variety of items for himself between June 2011 and December 2014.  The items range from boat equipment and party tents to personal auto maintenance and radio advertising.  The complaint also says Harn made the purchases under false pretenses by claiming they would be used by the Sheriff's Office.  

Federal prosecutors are seeking jail time for a former Winnebago County purchasing director accused of embezzlement. 

Sally Claassen allegedly siphoned $451,353 from the county between 2014 and 2015. 

She’s accused of using the money to remodel her kitchen and pay for vacations to Marco Island and Amelia Island in Florida. 

Winnebago County

A former Winnebago County purchasing director was charged with two counts of embezzlement.

Sally Claassen was charged with taking at least $5,000 from county funds in 2014 and again last year. Court documents also say Claassen must return more than $450,000 to federal authorities, but the indictment does not say exactly how much Claassen is accused of stealing.

The widow of a suburban Chicago police officer who authorities say staged his suicide to appear he was gunned down in the line of duty has been charged with conspiracy for allegedly helping her husband siphon money from a youth program.

Melodie Gliniewicz was charged in January with felony counts of money laundering and disbursing charitable funds without authority for personal benefit.

Officials say Wednesday's conspiracy charge is an additional and alternate way of charging her with the same offenses.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was sentenced today to serve 235 months -- 19 years and 7 months -- in prison on one federal count of wire fraud resulting from her embezzlement of more than $53 million in public funds from the City of Dixon.