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McLean County Jail worker charged with workers' comp fraud

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said Tuesday he's reviewing workers' compensation claims of current and former workers in his department, after the state's attorney's office filed a fraud charge against a jail guard.

Prosecutors said correctional officer Ryan Hitch, 48, made false statements about the severity of an injury in a workers' comp claim. The state's attorney's office said Hitch obtained or tried to get more than $10,000 as part of that claim.

Sandage said he has gone to the Merit Commission to try to fire Hitch, who is currently suspended without pay. Hitch was initially placed on administrative leave with pay in mid-September, pending the investigation.

Hitch has been arrested on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond for the class 2 felony charge.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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