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Palos Resident Charged with Felony Theft

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–March 18, 2011.  Bond has been set at $200,000 for a Palos Heights woman who is charged with stealing funds from a women’s health care facility where she was employed as a bookkeeper, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Elizabeth Dillon, 55, of Palos Heights, has been charged with felony Theft and Identity Theft.

According to prosecutors, Dillon began stealing from the Palos Heights based health care facility in 2008 shortly after she was hired.  She used various means, including issuing herself duplicate payroll checks, changing deposit slips and pocketing cash meant to be deposited in bank accounts, and making personal purchases on a company credit card and then altering the statements to hide the purchases.

It is also alleged that Dillon used her employer’s identity to apply for a credit card and then had an additional credit card issued in her name.  She then continued to make personal purchases on this credit card.

The theft scheme was discovered in April, 2010, when a bank notified the doctor at the facility that the business account was overdrawn.  Dillon is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the facility, which treats women suffering from physical and emotional traumas, including postpartum depression.

Dillon appeared in bond court on Thursday and her next court date is April 6, 2011.

The public is reminded that charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: statesattorney.org