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Former alderman pleads guilty to theft, begins jail sentence

SYCAMORE – A former DeKalb alderman who pleaded guilty to theft began a 30-day sentence Thursday in the DeKalb County Jail.

Michael Marquardt, 51, reported to the jail Thursday, according to jail records. In December 2018, he was charged with seven counts of forgery and one count of theft after he signed the name of the Kishwaukee Country Club president on checks.

After a plea agreement reached in November, Marquardt was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the theft charge. He also will have to pay about $5,000 in restitution, Assistant State’s Attorney Brooks Locke said. He could have faced up to five years in prison.

Marquardt’s attorney, Clay Campbell, did not immediately return a request for comment.

According to court records, between December 2017 and November 2018, Marquardt wrote seven checks from the country club to himself totaling $9,500. The records allege Marquardt signed club President Stephen Irving’s name on the checks. According to charging documents, Marquardt wrote checks in these amounts: $3,000 on Dec. 26, 2017; $2,000 Jan. 22, 2018; $1,000 June 6, 2018; $2,000 Sept. 5, 2018; $750 Nov. 21, 2018; $250 Nov. 26, 2018; and $500 Nov. 28, 2018.

Irving told police an internal investigation was started after Resource Bank warned him of suspicious, large amounts of money being transferred among the country club’s bank accounts, according to the court records.

Prosecutors said Marquardt used the money for personal reasons.

Marquardt had worked as the business manager at the country club, 1901 Sycamore Road. He resigned from the council and left his job at the club before he was charged.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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