LeMaire Pleads Guilty To Theft—Must Repay Stolen Funds To City
Stephen LeMaire, former streets superintendent, changed his not guilty plea to guilty for a probation and community service sentence.
Former Geneva Street Superintendant Stephen LeMaire pleaded guilty to theft, a Class 1 felony, and agreed to repay the more than $28,000 he reportedly stole from the city using his department's credit card for personal purchases.
LeMaire, 55, of the 400 block of Banbury Avenue, Elburn, previously pleaded not guilty last March, but changed that plea to guilty in court on June 29. LeMaire was sentenced to two-and-a-half years' probation and 100 hours of community service for the guilty plea.
LeMaire will also be paying the City of Geneva $28,478.10 in restitution in payments of at least $200 every month until paid.
As previously reported in Patch, the city credit card charges were discovered when Geneva Public Works Director Dan Dinges checked on some of LeMaire's expenditures while LeMaire was on vacation.
LeMaire was suspended from work on Jan. 12 and fired from his position on Feb. 4. He had worked with the city's Public Works Department for 33 years.