Updated: October 17, 2012 6:31AM
WHEATON — An Elgin woman who formerly worked for the DuPage County Employees Credit Union has been charged with stealing $3,000 from the non-for-profit agency, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Hermila Garcia, 33, of the 1600 block of Alison Drive, had worked as a teller at the credit union for about seven years, according to a release from the state’s attorney’s office.
The charges allege that in her capacity as an employee of the credit union, on at least two occasions from July 17 through July 25 of this year, Garcia completed paperwork indicating that she had deposited money from her drawer to the vault but actually kept it for herself. The alleged thefts were discovered when authorities from the credit union conducted an audit of the vault.
Garcia is charged with two counts of theft over $500, two counts of financial institution fraud and two counts of misappropriation of financial institution property. All are Class 3 felonies. Garcia is currently out on bond after posting $2,500 of her $25,000 bail.
“It is troubling any time a trusted employee is accused of wrongdoing,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “This case, however, is particularly disturbing because it alleges that Ms. Garcia stole thousands of dollars from her co-workers, the employees of DuPage County.
“I would like to point out that these allegations are directed at Ms. Garcia and only Ms. Garcia,” Berlin said. “The DuPage County Employees Credit Union has served the employees of DuPage County and their families extremely well for nearly 60 years, and I would like to thank them for bringing this matter to our attention, particularly Mary Ann Niccum of the credit union and James Joseph of the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. I would also like to thank Detectives Andrew Uhlir and Steve Hamill from the Wheaton Police Department as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Ken Tatarelis for his efforts.”