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|What's Next Following Arrest of Knox County Recorder Paula Monzo
|It's not clear what will happen to the office of the Knox County Recorder of Deeds now that its head has been arrested on criminal charges.
Galesburg Police reports indicate 48-year old Paula Monzo was arrested Wednesday and faces a preliminary felony charge of Theft Over $300.
Monzo, who was just elected recorder a year ago after working for years in the Knox County Clerk's office, is accused by police of taking roughly $3,500 from the bank account of the Knox County Democratic Central Committee, of which she was its treasurer.
Police say she would write checks to herself or to cash, and also took out an A.T.M. card on the account without telling anyone.
Democratic party chair Norm Winick, who first approached police following a call he got from the bank Tuesday, tells WGIL he hopes the situation is resolved quickly.
"Our next step is to determine exactly what the amount missing is, so that we can set a restitution amount to make us whole," Winick said. "And, hopefully, the judge will order restitution, and, beyond that, probably finding a new party treasurer for sure. I really don't know what's going to happen with the Recorder position."
That, Winick says, would be up to the Knox County Board if Monzo herself doesn't resign voluntarily.
Monzo told investigators she thought she stole less than the $3,500, but it could be closer to the amount. She says she knew what she was doing was wrong, but that she had a drug habit and that she was struggling to pay bills.
Monzo is expected to make her first court appearance at 1:30pm Thursday.
|11 12 09 by Newsroom
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