Boone County Employee Arrested

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BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- A woman who has worked for the Boone County government for more than a decade, is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the circuit clerk's office.
56-year-old Donna Osoria is being charged with one count of theft and one count of official misconduct. The Boone County State's Attorney says she has been out of a job since June 22.

Osoria had been a deputy clerk for twelve years. She was arrested Tuesday night at her home in Belvidere and is being held on a $50,000 bond in the Boone County Jail. The State's Attorney says she's confident Osoria acted alone and no other employees broke the law, but officials are not saying exactly how much money was stolen, just that it was more than $10,000 and less than $100,000.

"Obviously these are serious charges. Theft charges are always serious but including the theft charge, we do have the official misconduct charge as well because she was a deputy circuit clerk at the time that this occurred," said Michelle Courier, the Boone County State's Attorney.

The State's Attorney isn't releasing any details on whether there was an audit done office-wide, or if someone came forward with information. Unlike the Rita Crundwell case, the Dixon comptroller who is accused of stealing millions, this case is not a Federal one, so she didn't transfer any money across state lines.

Court documents say Osoria allegedly started stealing money in March of 2010 and kept stealing it until this June. The State's Attorney will not say whether she was fired or she quit.

BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- Boone County State’s Attorney, Michelle J. Courier, announced that Donna Osoria, 56, of Belvidere, has been charged with one count of Theft and one count of Official Misconduct. The charges against Osoria allege that between March 15, 2010 and June 22, 2012, Osoria, while employed with the Boone County Circuit Clerk, committed a theft by taking in excess of $10,000 but not in excess of $100,000 of United States currency from the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

The Theft charge is a Class 1 felony and is punishable by 4 to 15 years in the Department of Corrections. The Official Misconduct charge is a Class 3 felony and is punishable by 2 to 5 years in the Department of Corrections.

Osoria is in custody, and her bond is set at $50,000.

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