McLean County chairman accused of defrauding State Farm

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Chicago have indicted the chairman of the McLean County Board for defrauding State Farm and a consulting firm of more than $400,000 in unearned consulting fees. Matt Sorensen and a co-defendant are accused of billing clients for consulting work that never was done. The federal indictment was unsealed this week. According to the indictment, Sorensen left State Farm three years ago and worked there as an internal consultant. The indictment says his job included determining whether to hire outside consultants, including the firm where his co-defendant was a partner. The firm was hired by State Farm as a consultant. The indictment charges Sorensen with five counts of wire fraud. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 11 in Chicago. A message seeking comment was sent to an email address for Sorensen.