BLOOMINGTON — A Central Illinois woman is accused of embezzling more than $161,000 in cash from sales at Bone Student Center at Illinois State University.
Debbie White, 58, of Benson was arrested at 9:08 a.m. Monday after officers, watching a live camera feed set up to watch her actions, found her stuffing cash received from food service vendors at the student center into envelopes and then into her clothing. Her job was to place the money into envelopes for transfer to banks by security officers.
She 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.
White was charged with theft over $100,000, a Class X felony for which probation is not allowed, and two other counts of theft.
Prosecutors stated in court that White allegedly stole more than $64,000 between Feb. 2 and March 26 of this year.
They added that investigators now believe the alleged thefts date back to 2013 and a recent audit revealed $161,967 missing since then.
A motive for the alleged thefts was not disclosed in court.
“This is an isolated incident and because it is a legal matter working its way through the courts, there is not much we can say,” said ISU spokesman Eric Jome.
“Any time that something like this happens, and it’s not very common, but it will prompt a review of our accounting measures. We believe we have a good system in place, but when these things occur, we look through those systems and find out where there are potential gaps.”
Prosecutors asked for bond to be set at $100,000, but Associate Judge Scott Kording set a personal recognizance bond of $25,000, allowing White to leave jail Tuesday afternoon without posting any money.
“I realize she is charged with stealing a lot of money, but I don’t believe she is a flight risk,” said Kording.
White was ordered to not to have any contact with ISU; her next court date is April 12.