TOWER HILL — Former Tower Hill Village Treasurer Nancy Finley made her first Shelby County Court appearance Wednesday after being charged with stealing funds from the village and requested time to hire an attorney.
She was arrested earlier this month and charged with theft of government property more than $100,000, a Class X felony with a maximum prison sentence of six to 30 years and up to $25,000 in fines.
Finley has not entered a plea, and her next court appearance will be Jan. 5, when prosecutors are expected to outline their case. She appeared before Associate Judge Christopher Matoush.
Shelby County State’s Attorney Gina Vonderheide said an investigation by the Illinois State Police revealed the theft of funds. She said the investigation is ongoing, and other charges or arrests are possible.
Prosecutors allege Finley, who left her job in May, controlled village funds from May 2010 to the end of 2016 when she moved from Tower Hill to the Lake Pana area, and took the money for her own use. Vonderheide said Finley had control of check writing and cash for the Shelby County village with a population of 609 about 38 miles south of Decatur.
Finley declined to speak to reporters after the court appearance. She is free on $50,000 bond.