Authorities claim that a former Lake County sheriff’s deputy filed fictitious timesheets to be paid for overtime hours that he never worked, leading to his arrest and subsequent charges.
Two counts of official misconduct and two counts of theft have been brought against Gregory Swanson, 54, of the 17500 block of West Dartmoor Drive in Grayslake. These charges are both Class 3 felonies.
A review was carried out in November 2020, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. According to the audit, Swanson submitted and received payment for overtime that he did not work.
Swanson was discovered to have fabricated several timesheets for various particular overtime tasks, according to Covelli. Swanson was paid more than $4,000 for the hours worked. Following the revelation, Swanson offered his resignation on December 2, 2020, according to Covelli.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office received the information gathered throughout the inquiry. Tuesday saw the issuance of an arrest warrant after the state’s attorney’s office approved the charges.
We hold ourselves to the most significant standards as a profession and organization. This kind of dishonest behavior will not be tolerated by our community, my staff, or me. Sheriff John D. Idleburg stated that the actions of one dishonest employee did not represent the diligent staff members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
On the day the warrant was issued, Swanson turned himself into the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. After paying 10% of a $100,000 bond, he was freed. On October 18, Swanson is expected back in court.