Former Bellwood official gets probation for stealing from village

A former Bellwood official was sentenced to two years of probation Wednesday after he admitted he stole money from the village coffers.

Roy McCampbell, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft before Cook County Judge Timothy James Joyce, also was ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution, according to court records.

McCampbell, who was the village manager and chief financial officer, granted himself numerous unauthorized pay raises and bilked the town of Bellwood for hundreds of thousands of dollars, outgoing Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said at the time of his 2012 arrest.

McCampbell, a licensed attorney, drafted new contracts for himself, adding raises, increasing the size of his stipends, amount of annual sick and vacation days and deferred compensation payments, prosecutors said.

The investigation also revealed that he was able to illicitly use taxpayer funds to boost his pension and that he had fraudulently expanded the village’s health insurance plan to pay for a variety of treatments for his family, including horse therapy for his children and to purchase home exercise equipment.

While the retiree was awaiting trial, he made headlines for still receiving a hefty monthly pension.