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Ex-road commissioner in DeWitt County accused of misusing township credit card

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A former road commissioner in DeWitt County faces felony charges for allegedly using a government credit card to buy personal items, including alcohol and live chickens.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office has charged Eldon Cusey, 68, of Wapella, with theft, official misconduct and forgery.

The state attorney general alleges Cusey also used a township credit card to buy home goods and pet food. Cusey then allegedly submitted altered receipts to conceal the purchases. Prosecutors have not indicated how much money was involved in the allegedly fraudulent purchases.

Cusey resigned as township road commissioner last year.

“The public must be able to trust public officials to use their tax dollars ethically,” said Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly, whose agency led the investigation.

Cusey faces one count of felony theft, four counts of officials misconduct and 17 counts of forgery.

His next court date is March 14.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.