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Robert Healy, former Lyons Township School treasurer, charged with $1.5M theft

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 8:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 1:30 p.m. CDT

Former Lyons Township School Treasurer Robert Healy was charged with stealing $1.5 million over a 20 year period, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced today.

Healy, 54, of La Grange Highlands, was charged with theft of governmental property and official misconduct, both felony charges. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison. 

According to prosecutors, Healy added compensation to his paychecks, or gave himself additional salary and benefits of over $630,000 starting in 1989 and continuing through April 2012.

Healy also is alleged to have made 105 wire transfers out of the township's bank account to a personal account between February 2002 and April 2011 of over $900,000. Healy is also accused of making a wire transfer in July 2011 to cover the down payment on the purchase a "luxury vehicle" for over $7,500.

In total, prosecutor's alleged Healy stole $1,538,747.61.

The office Healy oversaw was responsible for managing more than $280 million in public funds for 13 school districts and agencies in the western suburbs, including La Grange, Western Springs, La Grange Park, Lyons, La Grange Highlands and Burr Ridge.

The Lyons Township School Treasurer's office and the Lyons Township Trustees of Schools should not be confused with Lyons Township High School District 204 or its Board. The township trustees and treasurer's office oversee finances for the district.  

Healy resigned on Aug. 31, 2012 after the Better Government Association released a report alleging that Healy converted unused vacation, sick and personal time into more than $100,000 in cash. In fall 2012, Lyons Township Trustees of Schools filed a civil suit against Healy.

According to media reports, Healy was arrested on Wednesday and appeared in bond court Thursday where a Cook County judge set bail at $100,000.

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