By Michael Kloppenburg
Former Chandlerville village clerk Beth Eilers has agreed to a restitution figure negotiated between her attorney, the Cass County State’s Attorney, and the attorney for the Village of Chandlerville. Eilers has to pay the village $43,568.13 in restitution as a result of a guilty plea she entered in Cass County Circuit Court in September. Eilers pleaded to one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000 and another count of theft over $500 that stemmed from Eilers taking funds from the A-C Central Parent Teacher Organization.
Eilers and Cass County State’s Attorney Matt Mays agreed to a sentence of 48 months probation on the Chandlerville theft and 30 months probation on the PTO theft. She also has 180 days of stayed jail time. Eilers has since posted $30,000 in cashier’s checks with the circuit clerk’s office to be applied toward restitution.
At the time of Eilers’ guilty plea, her attorney, Rick Frazier of Springfield, and Mays could not agree on an appropriate restitution figure in either case. A restitution hearing was originally set for Nov. 4 but was repeatedly continued until Dec. 16 when the agreement for restitution for Chandlerville was entered.
Cass County Circuit Judge Bob Hardwick Jr. said he was happy that the issue had been resolved through negotiation rather than what could have been a multi-day trial.
“I think the settlement is fair to the village,” said Hardwick. “I think it’s best for everybody involved. I’m glad we could do it this way.”
While the Chandlerville case was settled, attorneys were unable to come to an agreement in the PTO case. That case was continued again until Jan. 6.