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Former sheriff's investigations chief arrested for stealing drug money

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Steve E. Jones

Steve E. Jones plead guilty to one count of theft between $10,000 and $100,000, a Class 2 felony. As part of his plea deal, Jones has been ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to the Macon County Sheriff's Office and serve two years of probation. Read More

DECATUR — The former chief of investigations for the Macon County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing from the department’s narcotics fund.

Steve Jones, who retired in October 2011 after 30 years on the department, was investigated when an internal audit raised concerns about the fund after his retirement, said a news release from Sheriff Thomas Schneider.

The sheriff requested an investigation by the Illinois State Police Zone 5 Investigations Division and the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“The investigation conducted by the Illinois State Police was in-depth and lengthy,” Schneider said in the release, adding that it showed that the theft of funds dated back to 2003.

The account that Jones is accused of raiding is derived from funds confiscated from drug dealers.

Schneider said he has implemented new measures to oversee the narcotics fund.

“The end result of this investigation does not adversely reflect on the great work of the men and women of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office,” Schneider said.

Jones was booked into the jail Tuesday on preliminary charges of theft of government property. His bond was set at $750,000. He was released from jail after posting $75,000 cash bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 18 in circuit court.

hfreeman@herald-review.com|(217)421-6985

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