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Bloomington Mayor Seeks To Recoup All Embezzled Funds

The crimes were first brought to the mayors attention last month after going on for three years.

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Mayor Mark Kruzan was notified of the suspected embezzlement last month.

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says he plans to do everything possible to assist in the prosecution of three men who allegedly embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city.

U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett charged a city employee and two other men yesterday with embezzlement and conspiracy to commit a federal crime.

In a statement today, Mayor Kruzan said he could not comment extensively on the case, citing an ongoing investigation. However, he said his intent is to recoup the funds that were misused and stolen.

Kruzan also laid out the timetable of the events.

The crimes allegedly occurred for three years from May 2011 to February of this year.

The mayor says the issue was first brought to his attention on Feb. 19, after which he immediately contacted the Bloomington Police Department.

The city is also requesting the State Board of Accounts audit the Department of Public Works.

Mayor Kruzan's Statement on Embezzlement

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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