By Vinde Wells
A pre-trial hearing for a former Polo alderman charged with theft and forgery was continued in Ogle County court Monday due to a scheduling conflict.
Judge John B. Roe set David Ackeberg’s next court appearance for Monday, May 8.
Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric Morrow said the case was continued because prosecutor Sandra Talbott from the Illinois Attorney General’s (IAG) office could not attend court on Monday.
Ackeberg is accused of theft between $500 and $10,000 and forging documents when he was employed as a salesman by Birkey’s Farm Store, Polo.
According to court documents, the charges, both Class 3 felonies, stem from offenses committed between October of 2012 and February of 2014.
Ackeberg was indicted by an Ogle County Grand Jury on July 27, 2016, and resigned as a Polo alderman on Aug. 1.
Morrow said the IAG is handling the case because it involves a city official and because the Illinois State Police handled the investigation.
According to the bill of indictment, Ackeberg knowingly told Birkey’s officials that he sold customers equipment for prices greater than actually agreed upon and then falsified documents to support that.
The inflated prices were used to calculate his sales commissions.
Rochelle attorney Russ Crull represented Ackeberg at Monday’s appearance.