Update Wed, 9 p.m.: Information about Seemayer's benefits added.
Former Brentwood city administrator Chris Seemayer is required to pay back all of the nearly $30,000 he stole from the city coffers. That's part of U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry's sentencing that Seemayer make full restitution with the City of Brentwood.
Another part of that restitution is reimbursing the city for its legal fees. Seemayer has already done that - by forfeiting roughly $30,000 in accrued sick days and vacation pay, Mayor Pat Kelly said.
Seven months after Seemayer's most recent theft of Brentwood money, he's still collecting benefits from the city he once ran for more than two decades.
Upon his resignation from the city, Seemayer had a sick leave balance of 120 days and a vacation leave balance of 25 days, City Administrator Bola Akande said. Once the $30,000 in legal costs were subtracted, Seemayer will still be paid $42,887 from the city he stole money from.
When asked why Seemayer's benefits checks weren't halted altogether after he stole money from the city, Kelly said the agreement was worked out between city labor attorney Chris Hesse and Seemayer's attorneys.
"I'm not an attorney and I don't know why that wasn't suggested," Kelly said.
All of Seemayer's thefts took place between Jan. 1, 2010, and March of this year, notes court documents. Seemayer withdrew cash advances on his city credit card for gambling money. He spent the money at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, IL.