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A former Rock Island County employee is avoiding conviction after being accused of stealing from the county.

"He was using his public position as a foreman for his own personal gain," said Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee.
     
Authorities said James Geiger stole nearly $3,000 worth of materials, labor and fuel costs. He was initially indicted last summer on felony counts of theft and official misconduct. 

Police said he had his crews haul dirt to his home for his own use, along with other materials.

But after a deal with the county prosecutor, Geiger is avoiding conviction. Instead, he will have the opportunity to be part of an Offender Initiative Program.

"He had lived a law abiding life until this incident with the county," said McGehee. "So, it was reviewed by me and the determination was made that he was a candidate for this particular offense. He was punished quite severely, I still think. He really was."

Geiger resigned from his job and will have to pay his wages.

"The $2,900 was not paid back because he's paying over $27,000 and so what we have determined that was a severe enough punishment for him and that's what the county wanted to get money back were the wages from the time he was let go," said McGehee.

As for the costs of his theft, that's tax payer money that hasn't been paid back. 

"Would I like to see it back right now? Sure, but at the same time that was part of the plea deal that was worked out between the parties and I'm accepting of it at this point in time," said Chairman of Rock Island County Board Phil Banaszek. 

Banaszek said the whole situation is disappointing, but they're making corrective actions to move forward. He said the public works committee will meet next week to discuss what the next moves will be. 

Geiger will appear in court again in one year and will have that opportunity to expunge his felony record. No one else has been indicted in this case. 

 

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