A DeKalb woman has been charged with Money Laundering, a Class X felony, and Defrauding a Financial Institution, a Class 1 felony, stemming from incidents that occurred at a private business located in the 2300 block Dean Street in St. Charles.
According to a St. Charles Police Department news release, officers responded on Jan. 31 to the 2300 block of Dean Street to a report that a former employee, Rosa M. Rodriguez, 40, had stolen in excess of $100,000.
St. Charles police officers and detectives immediately began a follow-up investigation, learning that Rodriguez fraudulently transferred funds from the business checking account to her personal account without authorization, the news release said.
Officials alleged that Rodriguez had fraudulently obtained more than $400,000 during the course of her employment from 2016 until 2019.
St. Charles detectives conferred with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and received authorization for felony charges against Rodriguez. A warrant for her arrest was then obtained.
On Monday, May 18, 2020, Rodriguez was located in DeKalb, taken into custody and transported to the St. Charles Police Department.
Rodriguez was also charged with Fraud, Theft, Theft by Deception, Forgery, Deceptive Practice and Computer Fraud, all felonies.
At a bond hearing today, Rodriguez’ bond was set at $100,000 and she was released on her own recognizance. She has a court date of 1:30 p.m. June 3, 2020.
The charges against Rodriguez are not proof of guilt. Rodriguez is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: St. Charles Police Department news release