The case of Bellwood’s Roy McCampbell offers a window into just how long it can take to prosecute lower-profile cases, and how the delay can cost taxpayers in other ways.

McCampbell, Bellwood’s former comptroller, was accused of stealing more than $500,000 in allegedly inflated pay from the blue-collar, inner-ring west suburb before he retired in 2010. If convicted, he could lose his $257,000-a-year pension.

But because McCampbell hasn’t been convicted, he has continued to receive monthly pension checks, totaling more than $850,000 since the indictmen. That’s on top of the half million he collected in pension payments in the two years it took prosecutors to seek an indictment from when the Tribune first exposed the questionable pay in June 2010.