Former DuPage County Forest Preserve employees plead not guilty in fraud scandal
Two former DuPage County Forest Preserve District employees pleaded not guilty Nov. 19 to charges they stole more than $100,000 from the forest preserve district in a number of schemes over six years, according to media reports.
Information technology director Mark McDonald, 53, of the 1000 block of Childs Street, Wheaton, and information technology manager David Tepper, 49, of the 300 block of Franklin Avenue, River Forest, were both charged with felony theft, felony official misconduct, felony unlawful participation and felony kickbacks.
Contractor Arif Mahmood, 37, of the 400 block of Greenbriar Drive, Glendale Heights, was charged with felony theft and felony kickbacks, but also pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The charges came after a months-long investigation aided by the FBI. Together, the three men allegedly hatched schemes that funneled thousands of dollars in public funds through contracts, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.
In one alleged scheme between July 2005 and November 2007, a company co-owned by McDonald and Tepper billed the Forest Preserve more than $90,000 for equipment and services that were never delivered.
In another alleged scheme, a company owned by Mahmood overbilled the Forest Preserve between 2010 and 2011, and McDonald and Tepper received $64,000 in kickbacks.
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