ELBURN—Elburn resident Steve LeMaire on June 29 pleaded guilty to theft in an agreement that sentenced him to restitution and community service.
LeMaire in February was dismissed from his position in the city of Geneva as Superintendent of Streets after it was discovered he had made $24,000 worth of unauthorized purchases on a city of Geneva credit card. LeMaire had worked for the city for 33 years.
LeMaire was charged with felony theft, on-line theft by deception and official misconduct. Under the terms of his plea agreement, LeMaire pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft. He will be on probation for 30 months, complete 100 hours of community service and pay the city of Geneva $28,000 in restitution.
“The state’s attorney took into consideration the many years (LeMaire) spent working for the village in the manner that he did,” said John Carbon, attorney for LeMaire. “We appreciate that they took into consideration his fine work. We’re very appreciative. Nobody feels worse than he does about what happened.”
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