Update: Jacksonville alderman arrested

By Gary Scott on January 12, 2015 at 5:18pm

A Jacksonville alderman is behind bars after being arrested for stealing from customers at the bank he worked at.

Twenty-eight-year-old Adonnis Shaw of the 300 block of North Clay was arrested Monday after a nearly month-long investigation by the Jacksonville Police Department.

According JPD Chief Tony Grootens, Shaw was an employee at Woodforest Bank. Multiple forgeries and thefts are alleged to have occurred between November 8th and December 19th of last year. Shaw was arrested specifically for twelve counts of forgery and one count of identity theft.

Grootens says Shaw is alleged to have stolen over $6,000.

“He was accessing people’s accounts, allegedly, and taking money from those accounts. Some of those accounts were closed; thus, the forgery count comes in,” says Grootens. “That bank had already concluded their internal investigation. They sent us their reports, and our investigators then went out and corroborated some of the information.”

Grootens expects additional charges, including theft over $500, to be filed against Shaw.

Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard offers his thoughts on the arrest.

“It’s disappointing and it’s upsetting. However, it’s an ongoing investigation, and I really don’t have a comment at this time because we’ll have to let the Jacksonville Police Department do their work and see what the outcome is,” he says.

Ezard talks about Shaw potentially no longer serving as an alderman as a result of the charges against him.

“Once this all plays out, I think it’s definitely a discussion I have to have with City Attorney [Dan] Beard and potentially the [Illinois] Municipal League, but we’re not at that point right now,” says Ezard. “We’ll go through that process if in fact he’s charged.”

Woodforest Bank officials weren’t immediately available for comment Monday night, but Shaw was interviewed by our reporting partners at WICS ABC Newschannel 20 over the weekend at a job fair for veterans in Springfield.

A phone number provided for Shaw on the City of Jacksonville website was no longer listed in service when WLDS-WEAI News called it tonight.

Shaw remains in custody at the Morgan County Jail.

Updated at 9:30 p.m.