The former business manager for an Aurora organization that works with individuals with disabilities is accused of stealing money from the group.
The Kane County State's Attorney's Office says 42-year-old Jessica Leonard, formerly of St. Charles and now of DeWitt, Michigan is charged with two counts of felony Theft for allegedly stealing from the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association.
According to the organization's website, the FVSRA provides, "year round recreational activities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyles."
Kane County prosecutors allege that between January 2015 and November 2017 Leonard stole between $10,000 and $100,000 from the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association.
A formal amount has not currently been disclosed.
According to Aurora police, Leonard at the time worked as the association’s business manager. Association officials discovered the financial irregularities in 2018 after Leonard left the job and moved to DeWitt, Mich.
A judge in August issued a warrant for Leonard’s arrest and set her bail at $20,000. Leonard on Sept. 11th surrendered to Aurora police, posted the $2,000 bond and was released.
Her initial court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 9th.
If convicted, Leonard faces a sentence of probation or between 3 and 7 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
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