WHEATON – A North Aurora man was charged with stealing $375 from the DuPage County Circuit Clerk's Office, the DuPage County State’s Attorney's Office, announced in a news release.
Ronald Marcelin, 30, of the 100 block of Hettinger Lane, North Aurora, turned himself in June 13 after an arrest warrant was issued for him, the release stated.
Marcelin posted $100 bond – or 10 percent of the $1,000 bail that was set – the release stated.
As an employee of the Circuit Clerk’s Office, Marcelin had access to cash within the office, the release stated.
Prosecutors allege that on May 9, Marcelin stole $375 from bail money that was received by the Circuit Clerk’s Office, the release stated.
He is charged with theft not exceeding $500 from a government institution and one count of official misconduct, both felonies, the release stated.
“What Mr. Marcelin is accused of doing is, in essence, stealing from the citizens of DuPage County,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin stated in the release. “When viewed through this lens, the allegations become particularly troubling and will not be tolerated.”
Circuit Court Clerk Chris Kachiroubas stated in the release that when he was informed of the lost funds after an internal audit, he asked for a comprehensive investigation, “taking it wherever it leads.”
“I take very seriously the stewardship of the taxpayers' money,” Kachiroubas stated in the release. “ ... Sadly, the investigation ended with a circuit clerk employee as the central target. In light of this unfortunate incident, we have taken necessary steps to ensure this situation will not be repeated.”
According to the DuPage County employee compensation report – as of Feb. 23 – Marcelin was employed as a court service representative, earning $32,714.96 per year.