Gifford woman faces felony theft charge

GIBSON CITY — A former payroll clerk for a Gibson City grain-processing facility was charged Wednesday with felony theft for allegedly paying herself twice her wage on six occasions and making fraudulent wire transfers to an account in her name.

Carol J. McShane, 50, who listed an address in the 100 block of North Park Avenue in Gifford, was arrested Tuesday evening at Specialty Grains, 231 N. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City.

On Wednesday, McShane was no longer employed there, a company official said.

McShane allegedly stole more than $31,000 from the facility, and company officials alerted Gibson City police on Sept. 12, according to a probable cause statement filed in Ford County Circuit Court.

State's Attorney Matt Fitton filed a charge of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000, a Class 2 felony, against McShane on Wednesday.

McShane, who has been released from jail after posting 10 percent of her $100,000 bond, is due in court with her court-appointed attorney, David Rumley, for a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30.

Police said in court documents that McShane did payroll for Specialty Grains when, over the last year, she allegedly paid herself twice her wage for a two-week period on six different occasions. The total amount of alleged stolen wages is $11,250, police said.

McShane also allegedly sent unauthorized wire transfers from Specialty Grains into an account in her name in Mount Vernon, police said. The total amount of unauthorized wire transfers is $19,810.

"Specialty Grains has all of the transactions documented on their U.S. Bank business statements and their Specialty Grains detailed check history," police said in court documents.

Police said McShane confessed to the crimes.

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