Aurora woman charged with swindling more than $40,000
By Erika Wurst email@example.com October 18, 2013 3:30PM
Updated: November 21, 2013 6:44AM
An Aurora woman has been charged with allegedly swindling an Oswego man out of more than $40,000 after promising to repay him with a phony lawsuit settlement she said she had won.
A nearly 12-month investigation by the Oswego Police Department ended in charges being filed against Michelle Spangler, 38, 100 block of Evans Street.
Spangler was charged with being the organizer of a continued financial crimes enterprise, a Class X felony, as well as felony theft by deception, and two counts of financial institution fraud.
Oswego police said a former neighbor of Spangler reported the theft on Dec. 3, 2012, alleging that the woman had coerced him into opening several credit card accounts in his name, and purchasing her a car with her promise to pay him back.
Court records show that Spangler told the victim she had won a lawsuit against Burger King for $64,000, and would use that money to pay the victim back if he agreed to help her out financially.
Charging documents alleged that Spangler told the victim that whoever helped her would be entitled to $30,000. The statement was a ruse.
Police said there was no settlement, and that Spangler made these statements to coerce the victim into giving her money. Prosecutors allege that Spangler had a fake lawyer threaten the victim by telling him if he did not continue to support her, he would not receive any repayment.
The victim said he purchased a vehicle for Spangler, based on her promise to make the monthly payment on the vehicle. Court records include handwritten notes Spangler had crafted and signed, alleging her responsibility for the vehicle, as well as for repayment of a $6,000 loan she was given by the victim.
Prosecutors said that on at least two separate occasions in November 2012, Spangler used the man’s checking account to make $1,400 payments to a Walmart account she had been using. She was charged with financial institution fraud for both offenses.
Spangler was also accused of furnishing false information to the car loan company about the victim’s income, and with providing a false number for the victim’s employer in case verification was needed.
During an investigation into the alleged crimes, police executed a search warrant on Spangler’s then Oswego residence. Police seized items concerning the victim’s initial allegations, as well as financial records that led to charges being filed.
Spangler is facing a separate felony deceptive practice charge in Kendall County for delivering a bad check worth $1,950 to her landlord earlier this year. Prosecutors said investigators in Montgomery, Aurora, and at the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department are all reviewing complaints against Spangler.
Her bail was set at $500,000. Spangler is currently out on bond for other Kendall County cases. However, her attorney has filed a motion for a bond reduction, which will be heard on Oct. 29, prosecutors said.