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Mercer County Treasurer Arrested

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The County Treasurer in Mercer County, Illinois has been arrested. Michael Bertelsen, 53, faces a charge of felony theft.

On the afternoon of July 31st, the Mercer County Sheriff made the arrest and took Bertelsen to jail, where he was being held on $75-thousand bond. 

He has been under investigation since 2012 when a forensic audit was conducted in the county office. He was accused of stealing money from the Mercer County Republican Party. He was put on paid leave at that time, then returned to work as treasurer.

Bertelsen's Attorney Jack Schwartz confirmed he's charged with stealing $13,000-14,000 from the 911 emergency systems fund.

This arrest stems from that investigation. Bertelsen is facing three class 2 felony theft charges and is accused of stealing government property and funds.

We'll have more information as the story develops.