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Multiple Metro East officials indicted for alleged corruption, other crimes

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL. ( -- St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly issued indictments for nine Metro East public officials and employees Monday.

The Indictments come following an eight-month investigation by a Metro East task force made up of state and federal agencies focusing on corruption.

Those charged range from county and city board members to an auxiliary police officer. The crimes range from forgery and theft to bribery and the misuse of public funds.

"These allegations represent a very old and cynical way of thinking. People’s trust in our public institutions has frayed. Our best hope has been and still is in the law," Kelly said at a press conference Monday afternoon. "I don't think it's a state secret that Illinois has had problems with folks in public office, all the way up to the Governor's mansion, who have had problems upholding the law,"

Below is the list of individuals indicted Monday along with what they’re charged with.  

Michael Crockett Jr., St. Clair County Board of Review member

Crockett has been charged with five different crimes, ranging from bribery to misconduct.

According to court documents, a special agent accused Crockett of accepting or agreeing to accept bribes between Jan. 17 – Feb. 19, 2014.

Crockett is also accused of committing forgery, misconduct, obtaining personal advantages through his public position, and failing to report a bribe in that same time span.

Crockett’s bail has been set at $20,000.

Jo Ann Reed, former Alorton Mayor

Reed is charged with two different crimes: buying votes and disregard of election code.

According court documents, Reed allegedly bought votes on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 in St. Clair County. A special agent claims Reed knowingly gave or promised to give money in exchange for voting a certain way on a certain candidate or position in an election.

Buying votes is a Class 4 felony in Illinois.

Reed is also accused of knowingly committed an act that is declared unlawful. Court Documents claim Reed engaged in electioneering, or soliciting, votes or engaged in political discussion within 100 feet of a polling place.

The second crime is misdemeanor

Reed’s bail is set at $10,000.

Michael Roberts, East St. Louis Board Member

According to investigators, Roberts used township funds to pay for a trip to Las Vegas he and his wife took from December 5 through December 7, 2015. Roberts, 70, went with East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton to Las Vegas, the latter saying the trip was to attend a hydroponic seminar, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. 

The BND found no evidence of any such seminar, and Roberts’ wife’s inclusion came at taxpayers’ expense, according to the indictment. Hamilton plead guilty to corruption charges in federal court Thursday.

Edith Moore, East St. Louis Township Trustee

Moore is charged with forgery and prevention of voting or candidate support. According to the indictment, Moore delivered a document to the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk that she knew was altered to make it false. That document was an email purportedly from James O’Neal.

O’Neal is the uncle of Nathaniel McCloud, who was running against Moore for a committee seat in the 20th Precinct. According to the Belleville News-Democrat, Moore filed a suit asking for an injunction against McCloud in January, saying he filed a document withdrawing his name from the election and should be pulled from the ballot. Video showed O’Neal filing a document, but he said it was not the original document, and that McCloud never had any intention of withdrawing from the race. It’s not clear at this time how the forged email fits into the story.

The injunction was not granted.

Moore’s bail was set at $10,000, but she was released on her own recognizance.

Teanna Gillespie, East St. Louis police officer

Gillespie is charged with violating firearm possession laws from late June to early July of this year. According to charging documents, Gillespie was in possession of a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun during a period of time in which she had been a patient in a mental institution within five years. According to Illinois law, Gillespie’s FOID card would have been revoked, making it illegal for her to have a gun.  Under the FOID act, to comply with the law, applicants must submit evidence that:

He or she has not been a patient in a mental health facility within the past 5 years or, if he or she has been a patient in a mental health facility more than 5 years ago submit the certification required under subsection (u) of Section 8 of this Act;

Gillespie is held on $10,000 bail.

Christopher Malone, USPS worker

Malone has been charged with Theft of Government Property, a crime that allegedly took place between Jan. 1 and April 16 of this year.

Malone allegedly exerted unauthorized control over property, knowingly, at five United States Postal Service (USPS) branches located in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, and three other locations, all in the East St. Louis area.

Among the stolen property was government property and money, all of which are not in excess of $500.

Malone’s bail is set at $10,000.

June Hamilton Dean, East Saint Louis City Councilwoman and East Saint Louis Township contractor

Dean, 53, is charged with public contractor misconduct and forgery, after reportedly forging documents pertaining to the employment status of a woman named Reashaunta Lacy. Dean was previously named in a federal investigation into expenses charged to East St. Louis Township credit cards. Dean, Yvette Johnson and Oliver Hamilton reportedly charged $280,000 on three credit cards, with “questionable” expenses spanning from 2012 through July of 2016.

Monday’s indictment states Dean wrote a letter falsely stating the employment status of Lacy. Her bail is set at $30,000.

Reashaunta Lacy

Using documents allegedly forged by June Hamilton Dean, Lacy knowingly provided false information to McDonald Homes, a company selling manufactured houses in Swansea. The information falsely verified Lacy’s employment status. She is being held on $10,000 bail.

Anthony Davis, auxiliary officer for the City of Washington Park

The 25-year-old is charged with giving false information to a state trooper following a traffic accident. According to the indictment, Davis was reportedly driving a Washington Park police cruiser and collided with another vehicle. He then furnished false information to obscure the investigation.

Davis’ bail has been set at $10,000.

Brendan Kelly says if convicted it's unlikely any of those arrested will get time in jail, but rather probation and lose their government jobs.

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