A Taylorville woman was arrested on Monday following a months-long investigation for embezzlement/theft. 63-year-old Patty A. Hornbuckle was arrested following an investigation into the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce. According to Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, the Chamber of Commerce contacted Taylorville Police regarding misconduct and theft. After meeting with the chamber, police learned that the CEO had resigned abruptly, after running the chamber from 2012-2021. Members of the Chamber had allegedly questioned Hornbuckle about the misconduct.
Taylorville Police began the investigation and the Detective Division, along with other members of the department, worked to go through all of the paperwork. Taylorville Police conducted a search warrant and arrest warrant for Hornbuckle. She was charged with embezzlement/theft (Exceeding $100,000 but not $500,000) and Deceptive Practice. Chief Wheeler thanked States Attorney John McWard for reviewing the case and finding enough evidence for the warrants.
Bond was set at $100,000 with 10% to apply. The bond was posted and Hornbuckle's first appearance will be on April 20th, 2023
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