NORMAL – A local resident is accused of embezzling more than $161,000 in cash from sales at Bone Student Center on the campus of Illinois State University.

Debbie White, 58, of Benson, was arrested at 9:08 a.m. Monday after officers, who watched a live camera feed set up to watch her actions, found her stuffing cash from receipts at the student center into envelopes and then into her clothing.

She was employed as a clerical worker, but told a judge Tuesday she no longer works for the university.

Prosecutors also revealed they had video evidence of her taking cash on March 25 and 26.

At a court hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors were informed by investigators the thefts date back to 2013 and a recent audit revealed $161,967 missing since then.

A motive for the thefts was not disclosed in court.

White was charged with theft over $100,000, a Class X felony that is a non-probational, and two other counts of theft. Prosecutors also stated in court that White stole more than $64,000 between Feb. 2 and March 26 of this year.

Prosecutors asked for bond to be set at $100,000, but Associate Judge Scott Kording set a personal recognizance bond of $25,000, which allowed White to leave jail Tuesday afternoon.

 “I realize she is charged with stealing a lot of money, but I do not believe she is a flight risk,” Kording said.

White was ordered to not to have any contact with ISU. Her next court date is April 12.


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