San Jose Treasurer to pay fines and serve probation for stealing $14,000

By WEEK Producer

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM CDT

SAN JOSE, Ill. -- Former San Jose, Illinois city treasurer, Melanie Blair, has repaid $14,000 she took from the city coffers, and in doing so, has stayed out of jail.

Blair pleaded guilty to stealing the money as part of a plea agreement with the Mason County State's Attorney.

She had reportedly transferred the money from the city treasurer's accounts to those of her family while working at her full-time job at a local bank. State Police said the thefts began in 2009 and went on until October of last year.

Blair was ordered to pay fines and court costs and serve a term of probation.

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