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Monday, June 06, 2011

Illinois Shrine Club Treasurer Guilty of Theft

The former treasurer of the Edgar County Shrine Club in Paris, Illinois has been tossed in the slammer for stealing from the Shrine.

From "Judge sentences Ingram in Shriner theft case" by Kathy Rhoads in Friday's Paris Beacon News:

Judge David W. Lewis sentenced Dennis Ingram, 51, of Chrisman, the former treasurer of the Edgar County Shrine Club, to 120 days in the Edgar County jail with work release privileges, probation for 30 months, and restitution for the benefit of the Shrine Club in the amount of $31,440. On March 16, 2010, the Edgar County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a complaint charging Ingram with the Class 2 felony of Theft Over $10,000, alleging that he exerted unauthorized control over money belonging to the Shrine Club for a period between 2008 and 2010 . . . Initially following his arrest, Ingram pled not guilty to charges, waived a preliminary hearing, and demanded a trial by jury. On April 7 Ingram changed his plea to guilty. Ingram was a member and treasurer of the local Shrine Club until his resignation in 2010.


  1. There is actually a lot of this going on. All Lodges, open your eyes. Demand a full quarterly accounting report, which is your right. Read the Lodge By-Laws and know what is expected from all parties involved.

  2. Our lodge receives full accounting from a third-party auditor. Yes, this does seem to happen from time-to-time, yet not necessarily as prolific as is inferred. It is unfortunate when someone comes with mercenary motives or falls prey to temptation. On the other hand, there is a lot of money out there doing great work in improving lives through medical research and educational scholarships. I agree that independent auditors should be involved. Our secretary-treasurer demanded it, as it protects him as much as anyone else.


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