BLOOMINGTON — A year of healthy fundraising has allowed McLean County deputies to help several local charities that went without assistance last year because of the theft of union funds by a former deputy.
The Baby Fold, Big Brothers Big Sisters of McLean County and Home Sweet Home Ministries were among the organizations receiving support from the McLean County Deputies Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 176.
The union also helps families, schools and other community groups.
Union President Jeremy Bradley said supporters stepped up in a major way in 2015 to help the union replenish its coffers.
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"We really have been blessed this past year in regards to the support the community has provided us with our fundraising efforts," said Bradley.
The union's bank account was drained of about $100,000 in 2014 by former deputy Jay Hobson, who was union treasurer at the time. Hobson has pleaded guilty to theft and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 3.
Hobson is expected to be ordered to make restitution to the union as part of his plea agreement with the state.
The 38-year-old former deputy resigned in August 2014 after the funds were reported missing.
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