EastPort Marina harbormaster’s alleged scam to steal more than $100K may have been going on for years, police say

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Ronald Roberts(Tazewell County Jail)
Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 12:03 AM CST
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EAST PEORIA (25 NEWS) - East Peoria Police are providing more details about their case against EastPort Marina Harbormaster Ronald Roberts, who is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in government funds.

Police told 25 News that Roberts was taking money that was supposed to go to maintenance and personnel.

Investigators believe Roberts forged and falsified budget documents so city government officials would not notice the missing money. Police said the scam has possibly been going on for years since his contract began in 2016.

The city owns the marina, while Roberts’ company manages it.

Police arrested Roberts Tuesday after serving a search warrant at the marina.

Roberts is being held at the Tazewell County Jail, with a bond hearing scheduled for Friday.

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