The former treasurer of the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center Foundation accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the nonprofit organization is prepared to accept a negotiated plea deal if she is accepted into the county’s alternative prosecution program, attorneys said in court Tuesday.
Debra Knill, 46, previously pleaded not guilty in Lake County felony court to theft charges after she was accused of stealing $10,609. 25 from the nonprofit organization between Aug. 1, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017.
However, defense attorney Jeremy Harter told Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes that Knill is asking to move the case to the alternative prosecution program and plead guilty.
Defendants accused of nonviolent crimes can formally petition the court to enter the program.
Knill was facing up to seven years in jail if found guilty on any of the three counts of theft over $10,000. Probation is also an option. She remains free from Lake County jail on a $25,000 signature bond.
Authorities said civic center foundation officials discovered money was missing after several vendor invoices from previous festivals were not paid. Foundation officials examined account records, discovered a discrepancy in funding, and contacted Round Lake Beach police.
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