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Crime & Courts

Fired Harvard officer to repay city for forged sick time

WOODSTOCK – A former Harvard police officer was ordered to reimburse the city for time he called in sick and forged doctor’s notes while receiving pay.

Phillip Held, an 11-year veteran of the Harvard Police Department, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of official misconduct.

In accepting the plea deal, McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather ordered Held to repay $9,509.74 to the city of Harvard and sentenced him to a year of conditional discharge. A portion of his restitution, or $4,000, will come from bond he posted following his arrest.

According to the indictment, Held, 34, forged documents on an almost monthly basis from November 2011 until his arrest in August 2012 on forgery and official misconduct charges.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs was satisfied with the resolution and said it was important to ensure the city is repaid. He added that Held’s career in law enforcement is over.

“He’s now a convicted felon, he can never be a police officer again,” Combs said outside the courtroom.

Harvard Police Chief Dan Kazy-Garey attended Held’s court appearance Thursday. Afterward, he called the former officer’s arrest “rare” and “unfortunate.”

“It’s certainly not indicative of the dedicated staff we do have here doing their job day in and day out,” he said.

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