KANKAKEE, Ailing. — A person who stole $2 million from Kankakee and a regional wastewater company was sentenced to 9 months in federal jail and two years of residence confinement.
Richard Simms, 74, acknowledged diverting cash via a fraudulent software program invoicing scheme.
“He stands earlier than the courtroom deeply remorseful for his actions and for the nice ache he induced,” protection lawyer Alan Brunell stated.
Simms served as director of the Kankakee River Metropolitan Company and superintendent of Kankakee’s Environmental Providers Utility.
“Folks gave you a standing ovation once you retired in 2018. They praised you,” U.S. District Choose Colin Bruce stated. “To me, you haven’t any honor. You haven’t any integrity.”
Simms declined to talk in courtroom Monday. Prosecutors had requested for a 30-month jail sentence.
“We had been embarrassed for having positioned an excessive amount of belief in Mr. Simms and for not discovering his prison scheme sooner,” stated Paul Schore, the mayor of Bourbonnais and a board member on the Kankakee River Metropolitan Company.
Simms was head of the Kankakee Environmental Providers Utility for many years.
“Simms was extremely calculated as an engineer and as a thief. … The betrayal, doubt and guilt that many people on the metropolis have felt has been overwhelming and really damaging,” stated Elizabeth Kubal, Kankakee’s comptroller.