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Former Aurora cop charged with stealing from police union

Updated: April 1, 2014 10:12AM

A former Aurora police detective, who resigned last week, has been charged with stealing money from the union that represents Aurora officers, according to court documents.

Joseph Accardi, 36, of Naperville, spent 15 years with the department, nine of them as a detective until early 2013. He surrendered to authorities Wednesday night on the misdemeanor theft charge and is free on $1,500 bail with a March court date scheduled.

The charging document alleges Accardi took less than $500 from the Association of Professional Police Officers in May 2013. The Illinois State Police handled the investigation. Accardi had been on administrative leave since September and resigned Feb. 16, according to Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas.

In a statement, Thomas said Aurora police was aware of the charges against Accardi, that the state police investigated the case and that Accardi is no longer a city employee.

“Consistent with Aurora Police Department policies, it is inappropriate to elaborate on investigations that are handled by another agency in order to protect the integrity of the case,” Thomas said. “That being said, the department will make public comment once Mr. Accardi’s case has been adjudicated in a court of law.”

It was not immediately known what prompted the state police investigation into the matter.

Accardi joined Aurora police in 1999 and became a detective in 2004. In 2009, Accardi was nominated for the city’s Officer of the Year award for his work to secure an arrest in the murder of a 15-year-old boy.

Class A misdemeanor convictions carry sentences that can include fines, probation or no more than a year in jail.

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