Debra Knill is expected to turn herself into authorities on Friday

The treasurer of the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center Foundation faces theft charges after being accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the nonprofit organization, authorities said Thursday.

Debra Knill, 46, was indicted by a Lake County grand jury Wednesday on three counts of theft of more than $10,000, authorities said.

If found guilty on any of the charges, she could be sentenced up to seven years in prison, authorities said, though probation is an option.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Fred Day said officials at the civic center foundation discovered money was missing after several vendor invoices from previous festivals were not paid. Foundation officials examined account records, discovered the discrepancy in funding, and turned over their findings to Round Lake Beach police.

Day said the theft of funds occurred between Aug. 1, 2016, and Jan. 1, 2018, and ultimately totaled $10,609.25.

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  • Lori Trentanelli | Jan 19,2018

    No wonder it cost so much to rent a venue there!

  • Debra Lynn | Jan 19,2018

    Terrible! Shame on her!!

  • Ivan Moreno | Jan 19,2018

    The point is that she has been stealing money and she’s still probably going to get away with it f****** b******* how if cops do something or if someone important does something they get away but if a regular person does some shi like that they get fucked

  • Christina Sligting | Jan 19,2018

    At least bumb bi*ch didn’t copy cat fox lake officer. And will do jail time

  • Dawn Rhoades | Jan 19,2018

    Checks & balances! Obviously, none were present!

  • Steve Smith | Jan 19,2018


  • William Carroll | Jan 19,2018

    dual authority fixes these kinds of issues

  • Lourdes Anna Ortega | Jan 19,2018

    With all I’ve seen around here the last 2 years
    This does not surprise me at all-

  • Tim James | Jan 19,2018

    Whats new…RLB at its finest!! Ok Next!!

  • Christin Robinson | Jan 19,2018

    Robert Jay Kaufman Candi Cissell-pokrzewinski did you guys see this?

  • Kimberly Behenna Donehey | Jan 19,2018

    Do these people think they will never get caught. They will eventually mess up so why do it. If that much money is tempting leave your job

  • Gabriela Ramirez | Jan 19,2018

    Ana Ramirez

  • Wayne Varner | Jan 19,2018

    Sad but this proves why audits are always needed.

    • Round Lake Area News | Jan 19,2018

      Too often audits are put off until a new person takes over the position and THEY are the one’s asking for it.

    • Wayne Varner | Jan 19,2018

      But this is why they must do audits.

  • Nellie Crawford | Jan 19,2018

    Imelda Sepulveda Charles

  • Iain Abernathy | Jan 19,2018

    So, none of you think it’s worth waiting for the courts? You just think that she must be guilty because she was indicted? That says nothing about her, and a lot about you.

  • Michelle St John Smith | Jan 19,2018


  • Sharon Smithe | Jan 19,2018

    A judge once said, “a grand jury would ‘indict a ham sandwich,’ if that’s what you wanted.” We also have a constitutional setting in that people are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Instead of jumping to judgement, why not wait for the truth to come out? I bet most of you would appreciate the same sentiment.

  • Round Lake Area News | Jan 19,2018

    Bond was set at $25,000

  • Melanie Themanson Fuhrmann | Jan 19,2018

    Even my little church has more than one person at a time dealing with money, for a system of checks and balances.

  • Mary Vidone | Jan 20,2018

    Sad over 10 thousand greed she should have to pay back after jail time. If anyone stole that amount they would go to jail It’s called stealing

  • E. Abernathy | Jan 19,2018

    If it’s true, and it may not be, and this is not excusing her, then it also shows how tainted and sloppy our Village is, including government and non-profit partners. Accountability? Audits? These monies will never be recovered. Who else? Probably others out there beginning to sweat…

  • Sherrie Lindquist Geisler | Jan 20,2018

    It’s called Audits!

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