Ex-Posen village president pleads guilty to embezzlement

June 14, 2019 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) — The former village president of a Chicago suburb has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling public money and spending it at casinos.

The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced Thursday that 79-year-old Donald W. Schupek pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. The conviction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Sentencing is set for Sep. 12.

The plea agreement states that Schupek was president of the village of Posen. From June 2014 to August 2016 he instructed the village bookkeeper to issue to him nine checks totaling $27,000. He did not report the payments and admitted using the proceeds for personal use, including at two Joliet casinos.


Posen is 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Chicago.