Ex-Madison County worker accused of theft - KMOV.com

Ex-Madison County worker accused of theft

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A former Madison County bookkeeper is accused of stealing on the job after an audit found more than $31,000 in missing permit fees.

Zita Lee, 45, was indicted last week and arrested Wednesday on charges of felony theft and official misconduct.

Prosecutors alleged that Lee kept cash payments for building permits and other fees, covering the thefts by depositing checks from grants awarded by the state and federal government.

Lee worked for the county's planning and development office for nearly 20 years. She left in April, before the thefts were discovered.

Lee filed for bankruptcy protection four times since 1989.

She now apparently lives in Texas, where she has no listed telephone number. It isn't clear if she has an attorney in Illinois.

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