Cops: Oak Forest woman took $350k fro...

Cops: Oak Forest woman took $350k from Palos Heights fire district

There are 38 comments on the Chicago Sun-Times story from Dec 19, 2013, titled Cops: Oak Forest woman took $350k from Palos Heights fire district. In it, Chicago Sun-Times reports that:

A former Palos Heights Fire Protection District administrative assistant and her husband, an Oak Forest deputy fire chief, were arrested Thursday morning, accused of diverting more than $350,000 in public funds to their personal bank account.

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Junebug

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 19, 2013
I guess we wont be seeing them at the fest and PTA anymore.
Nancy

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 19, 2013
Didn't the trustees do an annual audit. Their the ones watching over the money.
Agge

Chicago Ridge, IL

#4 Dec 20, 2013
Poor them, so sick of all those wanting to support them, They are thieves. Having a hard time making it on $99000. Poor Michelle just might have to go get a job. Face reality you should have been able to live comfortably without a job. Try making it on 2 min wage paychecks.Go to grocery store knowing you can only spend $60 a week. That is a couple I would sympathize with. Do feel sorry for your children.Sure they haven't had to want for anything. Not being taught a valuable life lesson, that you work for what you want and appreciate it.Oh yeah one more of those life lessons THOU SHALT NOT STEAL!
What else is new

Oak Forest, IL

#5 Dec 20, 2013
People believed in you two including your kids! Shame on both of you jerks!
Ironic

Tinley Park, IL

#6 Dec 20, 2013
One article stated that Michelle went door to door hitting up people for flower money, which would have been nice if she wasn't stealing 10k a MONTH. She couldn't spring for flowers?? And then the school tax increase issue she was lobbying for, when they are delinquent on their own taxes? I'm just glad that the new fire chief over there caught the thief red handed and didn't do the cover-up which I'm sure was begged for by the Sopko machine.
BSH

Orland Park, IL

#7 Dec 20, 2013
This all happened under the former Fire Chief Jack Nagle who didn't have a clue what was going on. He should be held accountable also since Michelle worked directly under him. Nagle probably had money diverted to his accounts also, he's nothing than a liar and cheat also. He conned the state out of a false work injury and received a hefty settlement when he in fact got injured off the job. Bernie Kay the president should be looking over the books, wait he's the number 1 guy he's ultimately responsible. wait he's too busy golfing or getting his political cronies jobs and scamming the cook county police for auto repairs
BSH

Orland Park, IL

#8 Dec 20, 2013
Why didn't the annual audit of the books catch this.
Time to hire a new auditor.
The Fire Chief caught this not the professional auditor - what a crime in and of itself.
Nice job Fire Chief for catching this, because apparently no-one else would have.
BSH

Orland Park, IL

#9 Dec 20, 2013
Well it was the IAFF who discovered the missing money. While in contract negotiations Palos Heights claimed they did not have any money. The IAFF asked to see the books and found the discrepancies and started the ball rolling. By the way she is related to Bernie that is how she got the job in the first place.
Bill

Oak Forest, IL

#10 Dec 20, 2013
A privileged, spoiled, overpaid, dishonest, self-serving, phony, manipulative, and self-entitled couple. Why are people feeling sorry for them??? These are the kind of corrupt people who are destroying the country. They need to go to jail.
It is discouraging to know that many other privileged people who are part of the government gravy train are getting away with this stuff. How many are getting away with this stuff?? And our taxes keep climbing.
Expected

United States

#11 Dec 20, 2013
From what I read in one article she created false vendors so an auditor would not know which are legit and which are not.
BSH wrote:
Why didn't the annual audit of the books catch this.
Time to hire a new auditor.
The Fire Chief caught this not the professional auditor - what a crime in and of itself.
Nice job Fire Chief for catching this, because apparently no-one else would have.
BDJ

Chicago Ridge, IL

#12 Dec 21, 2013
They deserve to pay the price. So many respected them. Guess proves you cant trust anyone. You will have plenty of time to repent. No Christmas dinner this year.
Just sayin

Frankfort, IL

#13 Dec 23, 2013
Has there been any updates from today
Res

Oak Forest, IL

#14 Dec 28, 2013
Still sitting in County Jail. Charlie threw Michelle under the bus trying to get a reduced bond.
Not happening

United States

#15 Dec 28, 2013
Don't think that's going to happen. Check out their charges. He is charged with a higher dollar amount than she is. Sheriff may not have shared everything they have.
Res wrote:
Still sitting in County Jail. Charlie threw Michelle under the bus trying to get a reduced bond.
Curious

Oak Forest, IL

#16 Dec 28, 2013
Not happening wrote:
Don't think that's going to happen. Check out their charges. He is charged with a higher dollar amount than she is. Sheriff may not have shared everything they have.
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I wonder if that has something to do with the money supposedly raised for the Washington tornado victims. They might be keeping the dollar amount open just in case that money was tampered with. I heard audits have been conducted already, there is a lot more to this story then we've heard so far. And he knew what was happening. The plan is to let her take the blame so someone is home with the kids.
facts

United States

#18 Dec 28, 2013
Curious wrote:
<quoted text>I wonder if that has something to do with the money supposedly raised for the Washington tornado victims. They might be keeping the dollar amount open just in case that money was tampered with. I heard audits have been conducted already, there is a lot more to this story then we've heard so far. And he knew what was happening. The plan is to let her take the blame so someone is home with the kids.
the charges listed on the inmate information (thru the Cook County Jail) are not all the charges that have been filed against the Sopkos. The Cook County clerks system reflects much more charges for both! Jan 6th should be interesting!
Resident Extreme

Oak Forest, IL

#19 Dec 29, 2013
facts wrote:
<quoted text> the charges listed on the inmate information (thru the Cook County Jail) are not all the charges that have been filed against the Sopkos. The Cook County clerks system reflects much more charges for both! Jan 6th should be interesting!
Any links to where you found the information??
facts

Oak Forest, IL

#20 Dec 29, 2013
Resident Extreme wrote:
<quoted text>Any links to where you found the information??
Cookcountysheriffs link. Any person can go the Cook County clerks Office and ask. Unfortunately, those records are not online for public viewing.
Resident Extreme

Oak Forest, IL

#21 Dec 29, 2013
facts wrote:
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Cookcountysheriffs link. Any person can go the Cook County clerks Office and ask. Unfortunately, those records are not online for public viewing.
Bummer, do you have any insite on additional information that can be shared?
CONCERNED

River Edge, NJ

#22 Jan 2, 2014
I think Charlie had no idea what was going on. Really, he is just not the type to be in on something like this. She was in charge of the bills and accounts and he just didn't pay attention.

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