When Zita Lee first began working at the Edwardsville American Legion Post 199, about seven years ago, she had everybody’s trust.
Who wouldn’t trust someone who had been working since 1989 as a bookkeeper in the Madison County Planning and Development Department, and, perhaps more importantly, had served in the military during the U.S.-led invasion of the Caribbean nation of Grenada, in 1983?
But that trust may have been misguided.
Prosecutors recently charged Lee, 45, with stealing $31,237 from Madison County, and late Thursday they also charged her with stealing more than $10,000 but less than $100,000 from the Edwardsville American Legion Post 199.
“She is a veteran,” said Charles Renfrow, a Post 199 member for the past 25 years.
An audit by Legion Commander Ed Collins in 2007 found that more than $50,000 in cash was missing, Renfrow said.