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Former Employee of DuPage Employee Credit Union Faces Theft Charges

Hermila Garcia of Elgin is charged with stealing $3,000 from not-for-profit agency.

A former employee of the DuPage County Employees Credit Union (DCECU) is charged with stealing $3,000 from the not-for profit agency, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin announced Friday.

Hermila Garcia, 33 of Elgin, had worked as a teller at the DCECU for approximately seven years. She is charged with two counts of theft over $500, a Class 3 felony, two counts of financial institution fraud, a Class 3 felony, and two counts of misappropriation of financial institution property, a Class 3 felony, according to a press release from the .

As a DCECU employee, Garcia allegedly completed paperwork indicating she had deposited money from her drawer to the vault, but kept it for herself on at least two occasions between July 17 and July 25. The alleged thefts were discovered when authorities from the DCECU conducted an audit of the vault, according to the release.

Berlin said in a statement, “It is troubling anytime a trusted employee is accused of wrongdoing... This case, however, is particularly disturbing because it alleges that Ms. Garcia stole thousands of dollars from her co-workers, the employees of DuPage County.

"The DuPage County Employees Credit Union has served the employees of DuPage County and their families extremely well for nearly sixty years and I would like to thank them for bringing this matter to our attention," he said.

Garcia is currently out on bail after posting $2,500 of her $25,000 bond.

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