Lake County probation employee accused of OKing hours for money, sex

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Anselmo Magana | Lake County sheriff’s office

A Lake County probation coordinator was ordered held on a $250,000 bond Wednesday for 11 counts of official misconduct for allegedly accepting cash and sexual favors to approve falsified community service hours.

Anselmo Magana, 44, was indicted by a Lake County grand jury on Wednesday, a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office said.

Magana’s job as an adult probation public service coordinator included approving court-ordered service hours to adults on parole.

In January 2014, the sheriff’s office was tipped off that Magana was handing out service hours that had never been completed. Sheriff’s detectives conducted an “extensive, in-depth investigation” and found Magana had been awarding hours in exchange for money or sexual favors, the sheriff’s office said.

He was arrested at work without incident, the sheriff’s office said.

On Wednesday, a Lake County judge ordered Magana, of the 2300 block of Glendale Court in Lindenhurst, held on $250,000, the sheriff’s office said.

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