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Ex-bookkeeper for Grundy County accused of theft

CHICAGO (AP) — A former bookkeeper for Grundy County has been charged with stealing $44,000 in public funds and spending it on shopping trips and restaurant meals.

Forty-five-year-old Renae Chronister of Morris appeared Thursday in Grundy County Criminal Court. She's charged with theft and official misconduct.

Prosecutors say the money was stolen between 2009 and 2012 while Chronister worked for the county's Health Department.

They say she pocketed cash paid by residents and businesses for services such as immunizations, mental health counseling and public health inspections.

An audit revealed missing funds, and Chronister was fired last year.

Prosecutors say Chronister deposited the money in her bank account and spent it on shopping trips and visits to hair and nail salons.

A call to a phone number listed in Chronister's name went unanswered.

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