A Belvidere woman could spend as much as two decades in jail after being accused of stealing from Boone County taxpayers. Donna Osoria, 56, was a former Boone County Deputy Circuit Clerk. She was arrested Tuesday on charges of theft and official misconduct.
Boone County State's Attorney Michelle Courier says the theft was carried out between March 15, 2010 and June 22, 2012 and between $10,000 and $100,000 was taken from the county clerk's office. Courier is not releasing an exact amount. The county faces regular audit but Courier would not explain further why the theft took two years to catch.
"I think that the method by which this occurred will be more developed as the case proceeds. I think that's when the public will understand how the breakdown was," says Courier. "We have consulted with the auditor and are currently trying to put in place measures to prevent this from happening again."
Osoria faces between four to 15 years for the class 1 felony theft and two to five years in prison for official misconduct, a class 3 felony. Courier says Osoria was in court Wednesday afternoon and enter a plea of not guilty. Her next court date in October 12, 2012 at 9 a.m. Osoria is in jail on a $50,000 bond.
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