by Keith Beebe
GENEVA—Geneva Streets Superintendent Steve LeMaire, an Elburn resident, surrendered to Geneva police on Feb. 4, after a warrant was issued for his arrest on felony charges that he used a city of Geneva credit card to make over $24,000 in unauthorized purchases.
A Grand Jury on Feb. 3 indicted LeMaire on charges of theft, a Class 1 felony that carries a possibility of four to 15 years in prison; online theft by deception, a Class 2 felony that carries a possibility of three to seven years in prison; and official misconduct, a Class 3 felony that carries a possibility of two to five years in prison.
According to a Geneva Police Department press release, the misuse of funds was first discovered on Jan. 11, when Geneva’s director of Public Works (Dan Dinges) noticed suspicious purchases made by LeMaire. Further examination revealed that LeMaire had been making unauthorized purchases as far back as 2004.
The press release states LeMaire was suspended from work on Jan. 12, pending an investigation by the Geneva Police Department “to determine the validity of the suspicions, the extent of the misuse and whether or not criminal behavior had occurred.”
Following the police department’s investigation, the case was presented to the Kane County State’s Attorney Office for review.
Upon his arrest, LeMaire was processed and then released on $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, March 7.
Dinges said LeMaire is no longer employed by the city of Geneva.
Geneva Police Chief Steve Mexin said no additional information will be provided beyond the press release