Ex-employee charged with stealing from YMCA

Ex-employee charged with stealing from YMCA

URBANA — A former employee for the Stephens Family YMCA has been charged with stealing money from the organization.

Michelle Long, 44, who listed an address in the first block of Leichner Drive, Champaign, appeared in Champaign County Circuit Court Wednesday to answer to a Class 2 felony charge of theft over $10,000.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Long had worked for the YMCA, now located at 2501 Fields South Drive, C, for seven years and had responsibility for handling cash, including preparing bank deposits.

Rietz said in mid-November, officials at the Y reported to Champaign police that Long had resigned a couple of weeks earlier. They began examining cash flow issues after she left and discovered that money was missing, Rietz said.

An examination of the Y's financial records revealed that Long allegedly made entries to the financial software system that indicated cash was coming in but did not make a corresponding deposit of the cash into the bank.

Rietz said that happened on several occasions between May and August, amounting to a total loss to the Y of $28,296.

Rietz said none of the money had been recovered to her knowledge.

The Y notified Champaign police of the alleged theft on Nov. 13. Investigator Pat Kelly, who has an expertise in white collar crimes, has been investigating since then. Kelly gave Long a notice to appear in court for Tuesday.

Judge John Kennedy allowed her to remain free on recognizance and told her to be back in court Dec. 27 with an attorney.

If convicted of the charge, Long faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

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