An Alton man has avoided prison time for stealing from the government. 42-year-old Charles Brumley pleaded guilty to Embezzlement of Public Funds on October 3. He was sentenced Friday to five years probation and will have to repay the state about $17,700. Brumley was one of nineteen people indicted last summer for stealing unemployment insurance benefits administered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
At the time of his guilty plea, he admitted to being employed for about 11 months while receiving unemployment benefits from the state between February 2009 and January 2010. Brumley collected $17,732 in employment insurance benefits to which he was not entitled. United States Attorney Stephen Wigginton says he will continue to pursue those who steal from the United States Treasury.