WOOD RIVER, Ill. (KMOV) – One city plans to spy on some of its employees after a 6 figure theft of taxpayer money. Cameras will soon keep a watchful eye over government workers who handle the money in Wood River, Illinois all because of the city’s former assistant finance director who’s been charged with stealing more than $140,000 from city hall.
Next week, cameras that watch the front door will go up inside where the money is kept.
The Illinois Municipal League says they haven’t heard of a city doing this anywhere in the state.
A surveillance system is going up inside the city’s finance department, right in the office and looking down at employees who handle the cash and checks that come in everyday.
The city manager, who is the former police chief, says it will be a very visible deterrent.
The city is also updating its finance software to make it tamper proof.
It’s possible that other cities may consider a similar policy to keep a close eye on their money.