Ex-bookkeeper accused of stealing from business

Ex-bookkeeper accused of stealing from business

URBANA — A former bookkeeper for a Champaign business has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the business.

Amy Glidewell-Law, 41, of Mahomet was arrested Wednesday on a warrant issued Monday charging her with two counts of theft over $10,000.

The charges allege that between January 2006 and March 2010, she stole more than $100,000 from Cardinal Crane Service, doing business as Cardinal Pool at 511 S. Country Fair Drive.

Champaign police detective Pat Kelly said he spent just over a year investigating allegations that Glidewell-Law, who was the bookkeeper and accountant for Cardinal Pool for several years, may have been stealing money for her personal use.

Kelly said in March 2010, company officials found discrepancies in credit card accounts that led them to check further to find that Glidewell-Law was using business funds to pay for personal items. Kelly then obtained subpoenas for bank accounts to trace a paper trail to support the allegations.

Kelly said Glidewell-Law talked to him Wednesday after he arrested her at the place where she is now working. He declined to say what she may have been spending the money on.

At her arraignment Thursday, Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton told Judge Tom Difanis the loss was around $113,000.

Difanis set her bond at $10,000 and ordered her to be back in court June 7. He appointed the public defender's office to represent her.

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