Former Moro Township Supervisor Donald R. Flack pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing money from the township. The 77 year old Flack entered the plea in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis after stepping down from his elected position in May when he was confronted about the missing money. Flack pleaded guilty to wire fraud and structuring transactions to avoid reporting requirements. He faces up to 25 years in jail.
Flack had been the Moro Township Supervisor since 2001, but resigned in May when he was confronted about the missing money at a township board meeting. Flack admitted he began taking money in 2006 with the intention of paying it back to the township. He would write checks to himself for what he called "office expenses," and planned to invest the money with the promise of a large return. Authorities estimate the missing funds total about $700,000 although the investigation into the exact amount continues. Flack faces the prison term, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release when his is sentenced January 3, 2014.