Monmouth Woman Pleads Guilty in Drug Investigation

Tara Speck
Tara Speck

A Monmouth woman who was one of four people arrested after a so-called internal investigation into the Aledo Wal-Mart Pharmacy has pleaded guilty.

Mercer County Circuit Court records indicate 57-year-old Tara Speck pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and a Misdemeanor Count of Insurance Fraud. As part of a plea deal, another felony possession charge, and a felony count of forgery were dismissed.

Speck and three others were arrested by Aledo Police back in February. Police Chief Michael Sponsler didn’t provide many details into the case, but said Loss Prevention officials at Wal-Mart had been investigating the four over the last several months.

Speck has been ordered to serve 24 months probation, must perform 30 hours of community service, and must pay fines and court costs.

The remaining three — 45-year-old Robert Osborn of Rock Island, 76-year old Paul DeWilde of Silvis, and 52-year-old Laura Diehl of Aledo — all are still awaiting trial in the case.

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