Illinois county exec resigns under charges of defrauding State Farm

The chairman of the McLean County Board leaves after indictment on federal fraud charges

Insurance News

By Lyle Adriano

Republican Matt Sorensen, who chaired the McLean County Board, submitted his resignation letter to an executive committee meeting on Jan. 12 following his indictment the previous week on charges of federal fraud.

In the letter, Sorensen claimed that he refused to let the current controversy “be a distraction to the employees and elected officials of McLean County.”

Sorensen (49) and a co-defendant were charged of defrauding State Farm of over $400,000 in unearned consulting fees. Both allegedly charged clients for consultation work that they reneged on.

He was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Jan. 13.

A board appointment will fill Sorensen’s former seat. Originally, his term was set to expire at the beginning of 2017.

In a statement made Jan. 12, Vice Chairman John McIntyre voiced his interest in taking board chairmanship.

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