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Husband of Kendall Food Pantry Director Arrested

Jan 17, 2017 10:26PM ● Published by Steven Jack

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The husband of the former, and now deceased, executive director of the Kendall County Food Pantry was arrested Tuesday for felony theft.

The arrest of Kenneth Spaeth, 55, is the result of months-long investigation into the alleged theft of a reported $200,000 from the pantry. A Kendall County grand jury indicted Spaeth on Friday, along with his father-in-law William Crowley.

Crowley also was taken into custody Tuesday in Arizona, according to a report on Kendall County Now. Bond for both Spaeth and Crowley was set at $25,000, the report said.

Spaeth was the husband of former Pantry Executive Director Maria Spaeth, who was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on June 21, 2016. Yorkville Police had raided the Pantry just weeks before as part of an investigation into the missing funds.

Kenneth Spaeth served as Treasurer of the Pantry up until he and Maria resigned their positions in the wake of the investigation. 

A special prosecutor was appointed to the case in July after Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis recused himself from the investigation because he said he may be called as a witness after previously serving on the Pantry board..

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