WATSEKA, Ill. (AP) — The former city clerk of the central Illinois community of Gilman has received four years of probation for stealing thousands of dollars of government funds.

Michelle Fancher pleaded guilty to felony theft charge in exchange for the sentence, which also requires her to pay back more than $51,950. Prosecutors dropped a charge of official misconduct in exchange for the plea.

Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine says Fancher pocketed cash from residents who were paying their water, sewage and garbage fees during a period between 2011 and 2017.

The theft was discovered when Fancher went on vacation in August. Fancher resigned her post when confronted with the inconsistencies in city ledgers after her return.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com