Tuesday, June 7, 2011

ANSAR Member Convicted of Theft from Shrine

From the Paris Beacon News:

The Chrisman resident who previously pled guilty to the theft of thousands of dollars of funds from the Edgar County Shrine Club was sentenced in the Edgar County Circuit Court Thursday.
Judge David W. Lewis sentenced Dennis Ingram, 51, of Chrisman, the former treasurer of the Edgar County Shrine Club, to 120 days in the Edgar County jail with work release privileges, probation for 30 months, and restitution for the benefit of the Shrine Club in the amount of $31,440. On March 16, 2010, the Edgar County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a complaint charging Ingram with the Class 2 felony of Theft Over $10,000, alleging that he exerted unauthorized control over money belonging to the Shrine Club for a period between 2008 and 2010.
The warrant was issued following a complaint to the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department from other members of the Shriner’s Club about the discrepancy of funds.
Initially following his arrest, Ingram pled not guilty to charges, waived a preliminary hearing, and demanded a trial by jury. On April 7 Ingram changed his plea to guilty. Ingram was a member and treasurer of the local Shrine Club until his resignation in 2010.

The investigation was conducted by the sheriff’s department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Allen Bell and defended by attorney Sean Britton of Mattoon.

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