According to a Chicago Tribune story, the DuPage County State’s Attorney charged the former president of the Wheaton North High School booster club with stealing nearly $11,000 from funds that were earmarked to support students’ extracurricular activities. The 57-year-old woman allegedly took cash advances from a booster club-issued American Express credit card of almost $11,000, and then withdrew more than $9,800 from a club bank account in order to pay off the credit card cash advances. The woman served as booster club president from May, 2006 until May, 2011. She began taking cash advances between July and November of 2012. Other club officials noticed the financial discrepancies late last year, and notified Wheaton police. Authorities state that the woman used the Wheaton North Booster Club as her own “personal fundraiser.” The woman is facing one count of theft of over $10,000 in DuPage County. She was released following her arrest after posting $5,000 bail. Theft charges, especially when they involve a significant amount of money, can have very serious consequences for the accused and his or her family. Depending on the circumstances, theft can result in a felony conviction under Illinois law, jail time, and an order for restitution, which means that the woman in this case could be ordered to pay back the money that she allegedly stole from the booster club. Since the potential consequences are so severe, it is always wise to contact a qualified Naperville criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible after criminal charges are filed against you. With the help of a defense attorney, you can immediately begin mounting a strong defense against these charges, and hopefully minimize the potential consequences of a theft conviction.
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Illinois’ bullying laws are general, yet the cyber bullying laws support those who are being harassed based on sex, ethnicity, race, race, religion, sexual orientation and such. There are many programs and support groups out there to stop and help those who are being bullied. Schools are a great resource for education, prevention and consequences of bullying. There are many types of bullying such as cell phones, chat rooms, e-mail, instant messages, or Web sites. Approximately 42% of students have been cyber bullied by being embarrassed, humiliated, harassed, tormented and picked on by another person using technology as the communication. Schools are taking more of initiative with bullying and even government sponsored programs are making a head way. The effects of bullying takes place in depression, anxiety, health conditions, and decreased work, desire to excel in academics. It affects the overall well-being of a child and can affect them through adulthood. Naperville North High School and Naperville Central High School are teaming up together to battle out the bullying especially the trash talking that happens when two rival schools come to play a match-up of basketball. Instead of encouraging each team to wear their school colors, the two schools are asking students and fans to wear purple as a sign of support for anti-bullying. A sea of purple covering both sides of the gym is a powerful way to show unity and all are uniquely created. If your child has been accused of bullying, you will need a qualified juvenile defense lawyer in Naperville, Illinois. Contact us today.
In an article from The Chicago Sun-Times it is reported that a man working as a baggage handler has been charged with felony theft. These charges come after the man was suspected of stealing from the luggage of passengers.Salvador Johnson of Gary, Indiana handled baggage at Midway Airport where he allegedly stole laptop computers from the checked luggage. Soon after the theft of the computers, it is stated that Johnson would pawn the electronics for cash.After searching Johnson’s home numerous laptops were recovered alongside records from pawn shops indicating that he had previously pawned computers. According to the state’s attorney’s office, Johnson was partial to targeting Apple brand computers.Midway airport had been receiving many complaints and reports of theft from baggage checked onto Southwest Airlines flights. Mr. Johnson quickly became a suspect after authorities found that his work station was at a security screening area that specifically inspected computers. According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, this location gave Johnson the opportunity to determine what types of computers were in the checked luggage. He would then track the baggage and steal the computers a short time later.On August 9, 2012 Salvador Johnson was charged with one count of felony theft. Mr. Johnson faces a maximum of five years in prison if he is convicted of these crimes. he is being held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to a preliminary hearing on August 15, 2012.If you or any person you know is facing charges of this nature please seek the aide of a criminal defense attorney. Felony charges carry stiff punishment and the help of an attorney is of the utmost importance. Please contact our Naperville criminal defense team to guide and protect you through the judicial process.