Former Southern Illinois Village Clerk Sentenced for Theft
Ex-Belknap clerk and treasurer Nancy Hester was sentenced Tuesday in Johnson County after she pleaded guilty to theft charges.
In court, she apologized and said she was depressed over a divorce and suffered from a gambling problem. Hester's lawyers had hoped she'd receive probation. She'll also have to repay the money.
Belknap has about 130 residents. The village president says unless the money is repaid, it'd take the community about 15 years to rebuild the depleted account. The money represented more than half of the community's general fund.
Belknap is about 30 miles south of Carbondale.
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