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Shrine club's treasurer accused of theft

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) -- The treasurer of a southern Illinois Shrine club is accused of pilfering more than $12,000 from the organization.
   Perry County prosecutors have charged 48-year-old Paul Clapp of Du Quoin with felony theft.
   Du Quoin Assistant Police Chief Jamie Ellermeyer says the money was found missing in March after the Perry County Shrine Club's president and other members questioned the bookkeeping and account balance.
   Ellermeyer says the club confronted Clapp, who admitted the theft. Clapp was appointed the club's treasurer in 2008.
   The club's funds assist the East St. Louis' Ainad Temple and the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in St. Louis.
   Clapp was jailed Monday on $40,000 bond.
   A woman who identified herself as Clapp's mother told The Associated Press by telephone Monday she had no details about the charges.
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