The former head of Moro Township, who pleaded guilty to taking money from the township while he served as supervisor, has been sentenced. 78 year old Donald Flack pleaded guilty last September to wire fraud in connection with the disappearance of $700,000 over a period of several years beginning in 2006, but will not go to a prison.
Authorities said Flack apparently got caught up in trying to pay back money from a 1996 purchase of petroleum stocks where he was promised a significant return on investment. Flack never made the money he expected and in 2006 began using Moro Township funds to invest in other ways to make back his losses. He tried to cover his tracks by listing the missing money as “office expenses.” Flack, who has terminal cancer, will serve six months in a halfway house, 20 months home detention and 30 months of probation. The only time he can leave his home will be for medical treatment. He must also pay $1,000 per month in restitution. The case was heard in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.