The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, Illinois, recently sued its former executive director after an accounts payable recovery audit determined that he misappropriated more than $900,000 of the organization's funds to pay for higher education classes he never actually attended, the Northbrook Patch reports.
Christopher Brooke Beal was found to have created fake tuition and seminar expense reports from universities including Harvard and Northwestern. SWANCC spokesperson Dave Bayless told the news source that the embezzlement took place between 2006 and 2010.
"We have said since day one that SWANCC would take every necessary step to recover funds that were embezzled," said George Van Dusen, mayor of Skokie and chairman of the SWANCC board of directors, in a statement. "Today's action represents a significant, affirmative step in that direction."
In April, Beal's attorney, Thomas Breen, told the Cook County Grand Jury that his client was planning to sell a second home in Michigan in order to make restitution, according to the Glenview Patch.