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A charge of felony theft has been filed against Carolyn R. Kerr in relation to a theft investigation at the Rock Island County Treasurer’s Office.

State and county officials confirmed in December the investigation was underway, but released few other details. At that time, Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos said the county employee suspected in the incident was no longer employed by the county.

Kerr, 39, Rock Island, was identified in court documents filed Monday. Those documents allege she committed a series of acts between July 2, 2018, and Nov. 2, 2018, that were designed to permanently deprive the county of more than $500 in U.S. currency but less than $10,000. She was not in custody Monday, and her next court date was not yet available.

The Illinois State Police are investigating the case. Bustos said in December that he'd asked the state to handle the investigation for the sake of transparency.

On Monday, he said he could not provide more information on the case. Rock Island County Treasurer Louisa A. Ewert also said on Monday that she could not add more information about the case.

The case against Kerr is being prosecuted by Charles Zalar, a special prosecutor from the the Illinois Office of the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor. The appellate prosecutor is often brought in if there is the potential for a conflict of interest in a case.

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