- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

EDDYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The former treasurer of Eddyville is charged with stealing tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars from the small southern Illinois town.

Kim Smith, 58, faces five felony counts related to allegations of theft, but she says she can’t remember what happened, The Southern Illinoisan (https://bit.ly/2biYntk ) reported.

According to court documents, she has been accused of stealing the money by forging the signature of the village mayor and cashing government checks made out to herself.

A Pope County judge has granted a request from Smith’s attorneys for a psychological exam. They argue she is suffering from retrograde amnesia, a medical condition causing a loss of memory of all information and events that took place before the condition developed.

Court documents say Dr. William Donaldson, a clinical psychologist in Marion, is expected to perform the exam.

The documents say Smith was charged with one count of forgery alleging she stole between $10,000 and $100,000 from Eddyville between June 2013 and Feb. 25, 2016. Smith was also charged with official misconduct, alleging that she knowingly acted against the law while acting in her official capacity as the treasurer of Eddyville.

The remaining three charges are of forgery, alleging she signed Mayor Darrell Aly’s name as co-drawer on three different checks totaling nearly $2,000 in February.

The motion for fitness exam documents says Smith doesn’t have any memories before March 3, the day before she was terminated from her position. It says Smith was treated for hypoglycemia in a Harrisburg hospital March 3. Smith was admitted again March 4.

She was discharged March 10 with a diagnosis of insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes and other physical conditions, including long-term memory loss, anxiety and depression, court documents show.

The documents say Smith followed up for a neuropsychological exam two separate days in April and was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, retrograde amnesia and conversion disorder.


Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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