Former Loves Park Commerce Director in Legal Trouble

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A former Loves Park Chamber of Commerce Director is charged with felony theft.

Patricia Phelps is accused of misappropriating funds from the chamber. The charge is based on a single check made out to Phelps in the amount of $954.00.

In total, investigators believe that Phelps is responsible for approximately $8,000 in missing funds. If convicted, Phelps could receive a sentence of two to five years in jail.

Phelps surrendered to authorities and has been released on bond.