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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Trial set for for alleged police mole

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  • A former city custodian accused of stealing police information about a drug ring in which she took part was told Thursday to be ready for her federal trial in late April.
    Stacy Maneno, 37, faces a potentially long prison term if she’s convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, in part by serving as a mole for her alleged partners while she worked as a custodian in the Pekin Police Department’s headquarters.
    U.S. District Magistrate Judge John Gorman set her trial for April 29 and scheduled a pretrial conference for April 11. About a dozen supporters, including Maneno’s parents, joined her at the brief scheduling hearing at the U.S. District Courthouse in Peoria.
    Maneno, of 13544 Fourth St., Midway Addition, was charged in a federal indictment on Dec. 20 and remained in custody until Jan. 2, when she was released to her parents’ supervision pending prosecution.
    A Pekin city employee since 1996, she worked for a year as a full-time custodian in police headquarters until last August, when she resigned after failing a background check. By fall police were gathering information that revealed her alleged spy activities and other involvement in the meth sales ring.
    During her year inside police headquarters, she collected information from documents and notes left on a whiteboard that detailed a combined federal-state-local investigation into the alleged meth sales conspiracy, according to her indictment.
    Four others were separately arrested and indicted as a result of the investigation, including Maneno’s former husband, Chad Maneno.
    Maneno is charged in her indictment with taking an active role in the conspiracy that involved more than 500 grams of meth. The crime is punishable by 10 years to life in prison.
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