A Bensenville woman who stole more than $170,000 from the credit union where she worked as a loan manager was sentenced today to jail time and ordered to make restitution.
Desiree Cortes, 31, pleaded guilty this fall to operating a credit card scam at the Bensenville Credit Union.
She was ordered to serve 60 days in the DuPage County jail and placed on work-release for 290 days. She was also placed on 36 months' probation and ordered to make $179,000 in restitution.
As loan officer, Cortes used her position to open up credit card accounts, DuPage County Assistant State's Atty. Diane Michalak said. Cortes allegedly maxed out four cards with $40,000 limits and spent $12,000 on a fifth when she turned herself in last December.
Cortes confessed before the credit union was scheduled to start using new software that would have detected the thefts, Michalak said.
The credit union computer system would flag any credit card account that topped $40,000, so when Cortes would hit the maximum on a card, she would open a new account, the prosecutor said.
Cortes spent the money on things like electronics, airline tickets and resorts as well as on entertainment such as tickets for "Monster Truck Jam" and "Toy Story on Ice," Michalak said.
Cortes, who did not have a prior record, could have faced a four to 15-year prison term.
Prosecutors asked for a six-year sentence.
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