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Former County Employee To Serve Time For Embezzlement

Last updated on Friday, February 22, 2013

Former Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot will spend 18 months in prison for paying himself more than $24,000 from a federally-funded program that’s supposed to reward county employees who help collect child support.

That was between 2004 and 2009, when Philpot was Lake County Clerk.

State law bars elected officials from increasing pay this way without the approval of their fiscal body, which in this case is the Lake County Council.

Judge James Moody also ordered that Philpot pay a $10,000 fine. The former county official's already repaid the $24,000, with interest. His attorney plans to appeal the sentence.

Court officials say Philpot will report to authorities to begin his prison term on April 3.

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