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How much money may have been taken from the Taylorville YMCA? Police say 'things weren't adding up'

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TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville police on Friday said an investigation of potential embezzlement at the Christian County YMCA is ongoing, and it might not be completed soon. 

Chief Brian Hile said police were contacted by the YMCA, 900 McAdam Drive, last summer about discrepancies in the facility's finances. He said the YMCA staff did not know exactly how much money was reported missing at the time, but made police aware that "things weren't adding up."

Representatives of the Christian County YMCA did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon. 

Hile said that a forensic audit of all current and previous accounts held by the YMCA and a digital forensic analysis of the facility's computers is underway. When the audit is completed, he said, authorities and the YMCA will have a more concrete idea of how much money is missing. 

"That's why the forensic audit is being done," Hile said. "To dive into accounts, to verify bank statements and to try and determine the amount. Not only the amount, but also how long (the theft) been going on and how far back it goes."

The Christian County State's Attorney's Office and the Illinois Attorney General's Office are assisting Taylorville police in the investigation.

If necessary, Hile said, federal authorities might also be asked to assist in the investigation. 

Photos: 2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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