Posted on February 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM
Saturday, Feb 25 at 10:25 AM
(KMOV.com) -- Former Alorton, Illinois mayor, Randy McCallum, has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he used seized money and drugs for personal benefit.
On May 27, 2011, an officer pulled over a driver and discovered marijuana and money. Reportedly, when McCallum heard this, he told the officer, "When you get the 'mother load', you bring it to me." This led to a series of federal stings that ultimately led to McCallum's arrest.
On June 15, 2011, federal authorities executed a sting where an Alorton officer, working with the feds, conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by an undercover Illinois State Police officer. The officer told McCallum he took $2000 from a man wanted for warrants out of Chicago after he pleaded with him not to arrest him and keep the cash. McCallum split the money with the officer. Unbeknownst to McCallum, the money was marked and had serial numbers recorded by federal investigators.
After the sting, the cooperating officer returned his money, but McCallum proceeded to spend his portion on personal things. Agents went to a Home Depot and recovered some of the money McCallum spent there.
On July 19, 2011, federal authorities executed a second sting where an Alorton officer approached McCallum with money and 13 grams of a substance that appeared to be crack cocaine. McCallum took half the cash and the fake drugs. He told the officer he would give him $100 when he sold the drugs.
The investigation is ongoing.