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Ex-Harvard officer 
accused of forgery

HARVARD – A former Harvard police officer is free on bond, facing charges that he forged doctors’ documents regarding a “serious health condition.”

Phillip Held, 33, of Poplar Grove was indicted Oct. 4 on 24 counts – 12 each of forgery and official misconduct.

He surrendered Friday at the McHenry County Jail and was released after posting the required 10 percent of his $40,000 bond.

Almost monthly since November 2011, Held allegedly made or altered documents that he purported to be from doctors regarding his own medical care, as well as that of his daughter and wife.

The doctors named in the indictment included a family practitioner, an emergency medicine physician and a pediatrician.

The documents included a Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee’s Serious Health Condition, which is terminology used for Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork.

Held’s attorney, Jamie Wombacher, declined to comment Tuesday morning, saying she had not yet seen the indictment.

Wombacher’s firm also represents a former McHenry police officer, Dale Hojnacki, who faces charges of taking seized drug money.

Harvard Police Chief Dan Kazy-Garey said Held was fired in August as a result of the criminal case against him.

Held had been with the department for about 11 years as a patrol officer.

Kazy-Garey declined to comment further on the case, but said he personally conducted the internal investigation.

“We handled the investigation because an agency has to maintain its integrity and to have public trust,” Kazy-Garey said. An impartial mindset is important, he said.

Every police department has internal investigations, Kazy-Garey said. But in 30 years with the Harvard Police Department, the investigation of Held is the first to end in an indictment of his own officer, he said.

“Nor do I ever look forward to that situation ever again,” he said.

Held’s next scheduled court date is Friday, when he is scheduled for arraignment.

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