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Executive Director Spaeth Out at Kendall County Food Pantry

Jun 14, 2016 04:22PM ● By Shannon Antinori

Two weeks after Yorkville Police executed a search warrant at the Kendall County Food Pantry, pantry officials said police are investigating “two previous volunteers” in connection with alleged theft of funds.

Executive Director Maria Spaeth has also resigned from her position, according to board attorney Brian Young.

“The Board of Directors of the Kendall County Food Pantry accepted Maria Spaeth’s resignation from her position with the Kendall County Food Pantry on June 7, 2016,” Young said via email. “She is no longer the executive director and is not currently involved with the pantry.”

On Tuesday, Yorkville Police declined to name the two individuals under investigation.

Deputy Chief Terry Klingel said the detective assigned to the case continues to sift through the pantry’s financial documents.

“He’s got a lot on his plate,” Klingel said. “He’s being very vigilant in his investigation.”

On May 26, volunteers at the pantry came forward with allegations of “suspicious transactions” and theft of funds from food pantry accounts.

Police said they could not comment on whether the alleged theft was more or less than a reported $100,000.

On June 1, police served search warrants at the pantry, 208 Beaver St. in Yorkville, as well as a private residence in Kendall County.

“At that time, Yorkville Police Department officials advised that an investigation is being conducted into possible improper use of Kendall County Food Pantry funds by two previous volunteers,” the pantry board of directors said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Board is currently investigating these issues and is cooperating fully with law enforcement officials.”

Pantry officials did not immediately return messages from Only Oswego on Tuesay, but the board assured community members that the pantry will continue to operate during the investigation.

“At this time, the Kendall County Food Pantry hopes to continue its mission to assist the people of Kendall County,” it said in a statement.