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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Union Worker Sentenced For Stealing Public Funds

Kenneth Loving, of East St. Louis, IL, was sentenced to 10 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, as a result of his conviction for Embezzlement of Public Funds administered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Additionally, Loving was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $200.00 per month.

While employed by the Midwest Service Group, Inc., Loving stole $25,575.00 in funds administered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) operated the State of Illinois unemployment insurance program, which is an employer-funded program providing temporary income replacement for individual workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Furthermore, the administrative costs of IDES are funded primarily by the federal government.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Weinhoeft and Special Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hallock.

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Updated February 19, 2015