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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, August 20, 2021

Former Roselle Fireman Charged with Forgery

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Roselle Chief of Police Steve Herron announced that a former Roselle fireman has been accused of submitting false documents in his application for employment to the Roselle Fire Department. On August 17, 2021, a $10,000 arrest warrant was issued for Ryan Case, 37 (d.o.b. 10/5/1983) of the 1800 block of Butterfield Road, Woodstock. On August 19, Case turned himself in to authorities, posted $1,000, the necessary 10% of his bond and was released from custody. Case has been charged with twelve counts of Forgery, a Class 3 Felony.

On May 13, 2015, as a condition of employment with the Roselle Fire Department, Case submitted to a pre-employment physical exam to determine whether he was fit for duty. During that exam, Case completed documents indicating that he had not lost vision in either eye, temporarily or permanently, that he never had a back injury and that he did not currently have back pain. On September 8, 2016, while on duty with the Roselle Fire Department, Case injured his back while moving a standard size package of water bottles into a cooler. As a result of his injury, Case was unable to work as a firefighter from that point on and filed for a line of duty disability pension, which the Pension Board awarded. According to the indictment filed against Case on August 17, 2021, however, Case “knowingly made a false document apparently capable of defrauding another … where under back injury, no previous injury was circled.” The Indictment also alleges that Case, “with the intent to defraud, knowingly delivered to the Roselle Fire Department a false document apparently capable of defrauding another, … where as part of that questionnaire “Have you ever lost vision in either eye (temporarily or permanently)?” No was circled as the answer to that question.”

“It is alleged that Mr. Case, when applying for a Roselle Firefighter position, lied on his application in an attempt to gain employment with the Department,” Berlin said. “The questions on these types of pre-employment physical exams are there for a reason – to determine if the applicant will be physically able to perform his or her duties. Mr. Case’s alleged attempts to undermine the Roselle Fire Department’s hiring practices will not be taken lightly. I thank officials with the Roselle Fire Department as well as the Roselle Police Department for bringing this matter to our attention. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Ken Tatarelis for his work on this case.”

“I would like to thank State’s Attorney Berlin, Detective Sergeant Rob Gates and Assistant State’s Attorney Ken Tatarelis for the all the work they put into this case,” Herron said. “This is a complex case which took a lot of detailed work to unravel the facts which eventually led to this indictment.”

Case’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 20, 2021, for arraignment in front of Judge Michael Reidy.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.