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Recently dismissed Lake Land employee charged with theft

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MATTOON -- Officials announced Friday that a Lake Land College employee who was dismissed Thursday was arrested for allegedly using a college credit card for personal purchases.

Tammy Boeser was arrested on suspicion of theft, according to a news release that the college and the Coles County State's Attorney's Office issued jointly.

Boeser is charged with making personal purchases with a college credit card over roughly a four-year period, State's Attorney Brian Bower said Friday. He said the charge alleges the theft of at least $10,000 but the investigation is continuing and an exact amount hasn't been determined.

The release also said the college has made changes to its purchasing and credit card procedures.

The college's Board of Trustees voted Thursday to dismiss Boeser, who was an administrative assistant and formerly served as Lake Land's cheerleading coach. A statement the board issued after the vote said Boeser engaged in "serious misconduct and violations of board policies and college procedures."

Boeser, 56, whose address listed in court records is on County Road 375E, Mattoon, turned herself in and posted $500 in bond Friday at the Coles County Sheriff's Office, according to office records. She was scheduled for her first court appearance on May 12.

Bower said the amount of the theft alleged in the charge against Boeser makes it a felony offense that can result in a prison sentence of three to seven years or up to four years of probation if there's a conviction.

Contact information for Boeser wasn't available and there was no indication yet of an attorney who will represent her on the charge.

Contact Fopay at dfopay@jg-tc.com or 217-238-6858.

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