CHICAGO — The Illinois Attorney General warns that a social media scam is soliciting personal information with promises of "free money" through her office.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she received complaints of fake Facebook and Instagram accounts falsely claiming association with her office. The accounts provide links to get "free money" through government grant funding.
Madigan says the scam asks for a user's social security number as well as other personal information. She advises those who receive the message not to click the link as her office would never ask for personal information over email or social media.
The attorney general also advises those who encounter the fraudulent posts to call her Consumer Fraud Hotline or to file a complaint online.
Matthew E. Krause
Matthew E. Krause was arrested March 23 on preliminary charges of indecent solicitation of a child and sexual exploitation of a child. Police said he sent nude photos to a 14-year-old female student.
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Michael J. Valentine
Charles E. Hill
Charles E. Hill pleaded guilty in Macon County Circuit Court to a single charge of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison in a case that involved the beating and torture of a woman.
Hefner, Justin A.
Justin A. Hefner of Terre Haute, Indiana, faces preliminary charges of impersonating a public officer, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of body armor. He was arrested after the Edgar County Sheriff's Office said he impersonated a federal officer on Feb. 17 at the county jail. Read more here.
Pritchett, Reginald Jr.
Reginald Pritchett Jr. appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Feb. 6 and pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony. He was sentenced to four years in prison. Read more here.
Devoe Randall was found guilty in Macon County Circuit Court on Feb. 16 of aggravated battery with a firearm and being an armed habitual criminal, both Class X felonies, and aggravated discharge of a firearm — a Class 1 felony — in a July 8 shooting. A mistrial was declared on an attempted murder charge. Read more here.
Brown, Todd A.
Todd A. Brown.
The former employee of Mount Zion Self-Storage has been arrested on charges she stole more than $100,000 from the business. Read more here.
Laurel A. Szekely
Laurel A. Szekely, 28, was arrested Dec. 24 on two preliminary charges of aggravated battery to a child under 13 years old, after police said injuries to her baby boy, 3 months old, were reported.
McKown, John T.
John T. McKown was arrested on preliminary charges of predatory criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He was also charged with the sexual exploitation of a child and the production of child pornography. Police say he repeatedly sexually assaulted a boy over a period of years, from age of 6 to 11.
Perkins, Bradley D.
Bradley D. Perkins was arrested Jan. 22 and booked on preliminary felony charges of controlled substance trafficking and possession of methamphetamine, heroin and a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Police say he received a package of Xanax pills addressed to his hotel room in which other drugs were stashed along with $35,000 in cash. Read more.
Chamblin, Elaina M.
Elaina M. Chamblin has pleaded not guilty to to aggravated cruelty to animals. Police say she killed four kittens, three of them by throwing or bashing them against a wall. Read more.
Fullenwider, Kikia L.
Kikia L. Fullenwider has pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated domestic battery and two counts of domestic battery. Police say she dumped a pot of hot beans over an 80-year-old man's head. Read more. Read more.
Marley, Travis N. Jr.
Travis N. Marley Jr. was arrested Jan. 9 on a preliminary charge of manufacture/delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis. Police intercepted a rental car traveling on Interstate 72 near Decatur and said it held three suitcases packed with 50 pounds of cannabis. Read more.
Kirkwood, Tyler J.
Tyler J. Kirkwood
Dillon R. Trimby
Dillon R. Trimby pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm and was sentenced to 24 months' probation for the Class 4 felony. He fired a bullet through his neighbor’s apartment ceiling — and then refused to come out in a standoff with police.
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Whitfield, Dejuan T.
Dejuan T. Whitfield has pleaded not guilty to two counts of armed violence, four counts of aggravated battery involving a deadly weapon, three counts of aggravated battery involving a pregnant victim and three counts of domestic battery. Police say he threatened to kill his pregnant girlfriend. Read more.
Gaddy, Donald D.
Donald D. “Duck” Gaddy, 49, was arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated battery and aggravated domestic battery after police say he beat his girlfriend, who ended up with a fractured nose and left hip.
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Hyde, Preston D.
Preston Hyde was convicted on Dec. 7, 2017, of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. He was sentenced on Jan. 26 to 39 years in prison. Read more here.
Rhodes, Karla M.
Karla M. Rhodes is facing a charge of aggravated driving under the influence after her Chevrolet SUV crashed into a police patrol car on the night of Feb. 3 and injured a police officer. Read about the case here.