Friday, February 27, 2015

Ex-coroner charged with forgery, misconduct

The woman who served as McHenry County's elected coroner for 24 years has been charged with forgery and official misconduct involving the remains of an infant who was not properly buried for 23 years, McHenry County prosecutors said.
Marlene Lantz, the coroner from 1988 until her retirement in 2012, was booked into McHenry County Jail late Thursday, immediately posted $1,000 bond and was released.
McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi and his criminal division chief, Michael Combs, confirmed the charges against Lantz but declined to elaborate on the accusations or why they are coming to light now, more than two years after Lantz left office. They said the case related to an infant whose remains were handled at the coroner's office in 1992.
Reached at home late Thursday, Lantz, 68, declined to comment, referring questions to her attorney Mark Gummerson, who could not immediately be reached.

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