Police: Suspects bribed Centreville city employees for payment of work not done

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by Lauren Trager, News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 6:18 AM

(KMOV) --The St. Clair County State’s Attorney filed court documents accusing three people of collecting paychecks without doing any work. The money came from a federal program meant to help the poor.

The now-defunct program was called “Put Illinois to Work” was proposed by Governor Pat Quinn in 2010. It was meant to help people learn skills and support their families during tough times by offering subsidies to businesses and cities to hire people for temporary work. It was paid for through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

But according to documents, by the end of 2010, Willie Cox, Tiffany Jefferies and Danyelle Radford had collected hundreds of dollars from the program through the Village of Centreville by getting paychecks for hours, attorneys say they never worked.

The court documents also say Cox and Jefferies offered cash bribes to city employees so they’d sign off on faked time sheets to complete their scheme.

All three were arrested this week but have since been released on bond.

Despite repeated attempts to get a hold of them, no official spokesperson for the Village of Centreville was available to speak with News 4.

We couldn’t reach the governor’s office either.

The prosecutor in the case declined to comment at this time because he says the investigation is still very active at this point.

In fact, it’s clear from the documents that some city employees accepted those bribes but the prosecutor told News 4 he couldn’t say right now if more charges were pending. 

 

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