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Coroner Bill Hintz pleads not guilty to new charges; including stealing from the dead

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz and his wife, Michelle, were in court Wednesday morning.

Bill Hintz entered a not guilty plea to the new charges announced against the coroner earlier this month. There were 12 new charges announced against Hintz, including allegations he stole approximately $14,500 in cash that belonged to deceased individuals out of the coroner’s office’s evidence vault.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul also said Hintz also required family members to pay cash in order to recover the cremated remains of their homeless loved ones but kept the money for himself.

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The new charges come almost a year after Hintz was initially charged in October 2020, accused of stealing taxpayer money for trips and hotels with his wife, Michelle, who also faces charges.

According to court documents, obtained by 13 WREX, Hintz allegedly stole money from a deceased resident as recently as April 2021, 6 months after the initial October charges were announced.

A bond hearing set has set for Bill Hintz for October 8th.

Hintz's wife, Michelle, also appeared in court on Wednesday, where her trial date was pushed back until Jan. 24, 2022.