A former St. Charles woman faces criminal charges for stealing money from the Aurora-based Fox Valley Special Recreation Association.
Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon has charged 42-year-old Jessica J. Leonard with two counts of theft, a Class 2 felony.
Kane County prosecutors allege that between January 2015 and November 2017 Leonard stole between $10,000 and $100,000 from the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association.
According to Aurora police, Leonard at the time worked as the association’s business manager. Association officials discovered the financial irregularities in 2018 after Leonard left the job and moved to DeWitt, MI.
A judge in August issued a warrant for Leonard’s arrest and set her bail at $20,000 with 10 percent ($2,000) to apply for bond. Leonard on Sept. 11, 2019, surrendered to Aurora police, posted the $2,000 bond and was released.
Her initial court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 9, 2019, in Courtroom 311 at the Kane County Judicial Center.
If convicted, Leonard faces a sentence of probation or between three and seven years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The charges against Leonard are not proof of guilt. Leonard is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release
About The Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association was formed in 1976 and is an extension of the Batavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswegoland, St. Charles, Sugar Grove Park Districts, and South Elgin Parks & Recreation Department to provide a diverse range of year round recreational activities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyles.
FVSRA offers a wide range of programs and services for individuals of all ages and abilities. Most programs are geared towards specific age and ability groups so we can best meet the needs of the individuals we serve.
The mission of FVSRA is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities.