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Retired County Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced in Overtime Fraud Scheme

On May 25, 2023, the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois, convicted and sentenced Gregory Swanson to 18 months of conditional discharge, 100 hours of community service, $8,332.61 in restitution, a $1,000 fine, and a $1,000 contribution to the Illinois Crime Stoppers Association. Additionally, Swanson’s Illinois Law Enforcement Certification was voluntarily relinquished. Swanson also pleaded guilty to an amended count of theft under $500 in exchange for dismissing Swanson’s felonies. In November 2020, an audit revealed that Swanson falsified the number of hours worked on a traffic detail program funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Swanson submitted false timesheets, resulting in approximately $8,000 in payments for overtime hours not worked. The falsified information was turned over to the Lake County State's Attorney's Office upon discovery.
 
DOT-OIG was assisted by NHTSA and Illinois DOT.