BREAKING: The Winnebago County Coroner has been charged with eight counts of forgery and four counts of theft.

UPDATE (9/3/2020 @ 3:45 p.m.)

Bill Hintz's wife has been added to the charges, according to MyStateline.com. Winnebago County Coroner William Hintz and his wife Michelle have been charged with forgery and fraudulent use of an official credit card.

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According to Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross, in February, 2020, fraudulent information was sent to the Winnebago County Purchasing Department regarding charges made on a county credit card which had been issued to Bill Hintz.

The Winnebago County Sheriff asked the Illinois State Police to conduct the investigation, which led to the Hintz’ arrests on charges of forgery, theft between $10,000 and $100,000, and five counts of official misconduct/conspiracy.

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(9/3/2020 @ 3:40 p.m.) The theft and forgery charges brought against Bill Hintz, the Winnebago County Coroner, are between $10,000 and $100,000. In addition, Coroner Hintz is also being charged five counts of official misconduct.

Bill Hintz has been coroner since 2016.

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