LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. (WTHI) – A Lawrence County elected public official was arrested Monday following an investigation that revealed $34,140.88 of tax payer money had been stolen by Kimberly Winningham.
Winningham, 34 of Lawrenceville, was elected as the Lawrence Township Supervisor in 2009.
According to court documents, Winningham knowingly obtained control of government property between January of 2011 and March of 2014. Winningham was charged in Lawrence Court with one count of theft of government property and one count of official misconduct.
“I think that she spent it on her personal, on her personal living. We have some facebook information that indicates that. But whatever she did with it, she doesn’t have it,” said Illinois State’s Attorney for Lawrence County, Chris Quick.
Documents state Winningham, “while acting in her official capacity knowingly performed an act which she knew was forbidden by law to perform in that she committed theft in excess of $10,000.”
County officials noted Winningham’s elected position was also a paid position.
“She was drawing a salary, but she was also in control of the payroll, and so in addition, she was paying herself extra money that she was not entitled too,” said Quick. “Well certainly we place our trust in our public officials, and when they don’t do that, or carry forth their oath of office, it is very disappointing.”
Winningham appeared in court Wednesday for a bond reduction and was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing May 16.