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Benton: Former Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty To Fraud

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BENTON - The former bookkeeper for the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District (PRFPD), plead guilty to fraud.

Tammy L. Kellerman, 53, of Pinckneyville, entered the plea Tuesday in Federal Court in Benton. 
Kellerman admitted to using her position to steal more $450,000 in PRFPD funds. 

The thefts occurred from 2004 to 2014.  During that time period Kellerman regularly used the United States mail to send unauthorized checks drawn on PRFPD's bank account to pay her personal credit card bills and other expenses.

Sentencing was set for May 24, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., at the United States District Courthouse
in Benton. On each count Kellerman faces up to 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office. 

Kellerman will also be required to make full restitution to PRFPD. Kellerman will remain on bond pending sentencing.

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