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posted: 10/12/2012 11:44 AM

Christopher Jacobsen gets jail in theft from Libertyville Boys Club

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The former treasurer of the Libertyville Boys Club will spend some time in jail for stealing money from the organization, a Lake County judge has ruled.

Christopher Jacobsen will serve 30 days in jail and 18 months of periodic imprisonment in the county's work-release program, Assistant State's Attorney Jim Newman said.

Under the sentence delivered Thursday by Judge Mark Levitt, Jacobsen also has to pay back $61,845 to make up for the checks he wrote to himself over a 15-month period, authorities said.

His sentence included three years of probation and 200 hours of public service, too.

Jacobsen's jail time is scheduled to start Tuesday, Newman said.

A jury convicted Jacobsen of felony theft in August. He faced up to five years in prison.

The decades-old club sponsors a youth football program and cheerleading at Butler Lake Park.

Jacobsen began serving as the group's treasurer in 2009. He was arrested in early 2011.

Club officials called police after discovering Jacobsen had improperly written checks totaling more than $66,000 to himself, authorities said.

Jacobsen repaid $4,255 of the funds while he was writing other checks, Newman said.

Board members had become suspicious of Jacobsen in 2010 after he refused to bring the financial records to monthly meetings.

The treasurer position later was eliminated.

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