Man, girlfriend charged in theft of $100,000 from his mother
URBANA — An Urbana man and his girlfriend have been charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the man's mother.
Daryl E. Wrona, 47, whose last known address was in the 200 block of East Dodson Drive, and Linda Sims, 47, of Earlville, were charged in cases filed last month by the Illinois attorney general's office.
Wrona was charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person and theft over $100,000, and Sims with theft over $10,000.
The charges allege that between August 2009 and July 2012, Wrona and Sims took money intended for the care of Wrona's elderly mother, who is a resident of a local nursing home, and spent it on themselves.
Wrona appeared in court June 17, five days after the warrant for his arrest had been issued by Judge Heidi Ladd. Sims appeared in court Monday.
Both remain in the Champaign County jail — Wrona in lieu of $75,000 bond and Sims in lieu of $30,000 bond. Both are due back in court July 30.
The case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Bureau of the Illinois State Police.
It was brought to the attention of authorities by John Brown, the public guardian in Champaign County, who noted discrepancies in the reports that Wrona filed for the probate court judge with regards to his mother's care.
Court records show Wrona has prior misdemeanor convictions for theft, misuse of a credit card, resisting arrest, obstructing justice, battery, driving under the influence and trespass.
He also has two pending burglary and theft cases stemming from charges filed against him in August 2012 in Champaign County.