The former manager of the City of Marion Water Department, from 1996 through May, 2012, 59-year old Linda Heyde of Marion , Illinois , pleaded guilty in United States District Court to three counts of theft and embezzlement from a local government which receives federal funds, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of up to ten years in prison, up to 3 years supervised release following any jail term, a $250,000 fine, a $100 mandatory special assessment and mandatory restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for September 20, 2013.
Evidence revealed in court at the plea hearing showed that Heyde had been caught stealing funds and then an audit was conducted that determined that there was over $500,000 in missing funds for a three year period of May, 2009, through April, 2012. Heyde admitted as part of the plea to embezzling funds from the City of Marion ‘s Water Department in each of those fiscal years but is contesting the total loss amount.