Edwardsville's former top cop has admitted to embezzlement and theft. Fifty-eight-year-old James Bedell held the position until October of last year and admitted in federal court that he stole over 100-thousand dollars from city funds collected on vehicle tows. Bedell faces ten years behind bars on each of four counts when sentenced on August 2nd. He served as Director of Police from 2007 until October 2012.
Federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday that Bedell admitted to stealing the money over a four year period, from 2009-2012, while he lead the Edwardsville Police Department. The impound fees for the city had to be paid in cash or money orders. The amount stolen over the period is more than $138,000 although Bedell claimed in court it was less. He apparently was using money collected from impound fees to feed a gambling habit. In addition to 40 years in prison time, he could also pay a fine of up to $1-million dollars.