A Caseyville official who was allegedly caught stealing money from the village has been fired and criminally charged.
Amber Petty, the former zoning clerk for the Village of Caseyville, was charged Thursday with two counts of official misconduct and one count of theft of more than $500. Charges say that Petty stole from the city multiple times and spent the money on herself.
Caseyville Mayor G.W. Scott Sr. said Petty was fired as soon as the city found out about the alleged thefts, which charges say occurred from October 2016 to April 2017, when Leonard Black was mayor.
“It’s not right; she was a trusted person,” Scott said. “As far as I’m concerned, if you get caught doing that, you’re done.”
Scott couldn’t say the exact amount Petty allegedly stole, but he said it was at least a couple thousand dollars.
As zoning clerk, Petty took care of building permits, construction permits and all the paperwork that came through, Scott said. She would also take deposits from the community center and keep records of it in a safe.
“There was a reasonable amount (of money) coming through there on a regular basis,” Scott said. “It’s hard to tell how much was stolen, with cash.”
All three charges Petty faces are felonies. She has no previous criminal history in St. Clair or Madison counties.