Man convicted of stealing from local non-profit charged again

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PEORIA, Ill. — A Peoria man convicted of stealing money from a local non-profit group four years ago has been charged with theft again in Peoria County court. 

Matthew Allen, 42, has been indicted by a Peoria County grand jury with two felony counts of theft. The charges say Allen was paid $10,000 by St. Louis based HOF Construction after he created a false impression to employees he needed the money to pay his supplier for materials he ordered.

The bill of indictment says Allen knew the impression he was giving was false. The alleged incident took place in the fall of 2017. Allen was taken into custody for the theft charges Thursday. 

He was convicted in Peoria County in 2015 for theft. He pleased guilty then to stealing $33,000 from the Peoria organization “Friends of Friedrichshafen” from 2009 to 2014 when he served as President of Treasurer of the organization. Allen was sentenced to probation and community service for that crime. “Friends of Friedrichshafen” is a not-for-profit group that work to cultivate the relationship developed with Peoria’s sister city. 

Allen faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the latest charges against him. 

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