Former Director of East St. Louis Public Library Indicted for Fraud and Embezzlement
Marlon P. Bush, 47, formerly the Director of the East St. Louis Public Library, was charged in a six-count Indictment with three counts of Wire Fraud and three counts of Embezzlement from the City of East St. Louis Public Library, A Unit of Government That Received Federal Funds, Don Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Counts One through Three of the Indictment, Wire Fraud, each carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, while Counts Four through Six, Embezzlement, each carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Each of the offenses is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000, with mandatory restitution.
The Indictment charges that from September 2014 through December 2016, Bush took excess salary and charged personal purchases to the East St. Louis Public Library’s credit card that included professional sports tickets, concert tickets, personal apparel, jewelry, firearm accessories, and personal travel expenses. Specific counts of the Indictment charge Bush with using the Library’s credit card to purchase tickets for the Dallas Mavericks and the entertainer Bootsy Collins, as well as throwing knives, a machete, and an axe.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The investigation was conducted by the Metro-East Public Corruption Task Force, consisting of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations, and the Illinois State Police. Anyone with information concerning public corruption can call the Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force Tip Line: 618-589-7353. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.