Tower Hill, IL – (Effingham Radio) – A Pana woman was recently indicted on three counts of wire fraud after being accused of embezzling more than $150,000 in cash, and about $20,000 through checks, over the almost eight years she was the village of Tower Hill’s treasurer.
According to records, a grand jury indicted Nancy Finley, age 52, and federal charges were filed in the Central District Court of Illinois.
Finley was also charged with criminal felony charges in late 2017 by Shelby County prosecutors.
According to Shelby County Circuit Court records, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 4.
Finley has been accused of stealing over $150,000 in cash submitted for water and sewer bills, altering the software system data to hide her theft, manually backing up the system with falsified data, deleting files and then falsely claimed that the loss of data was due to her village computer crashing.
The first two federal counts were the result of wire fraud from depositing the checks and the third count was because the falsified data that was manually backed up was stored across state lines in New Mexico.
Dove & Dove Attorneys are representing Finley on the Shelby County charges.
They would not confirm if they intended to represent Finley in federal court and would give no further comment.