Woman must make restitution in wire fraud case

Woman must make restitution in wire fraud case

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted defrauding the state of Illinois out of several thousand dollars intended for a special needs child has been sentenced to probation and ordered to make restitution.

Andrea Miller, 43, who listed an address in the 2300 block of Blackthorn Drive, pleaded guilty Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court before Judge Tom Difanis to a single count of wire fraud.

In a case filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office in March, Miller admitted that during 2008 and 2009, she continued to collect fees for serving as the guardian for a special needs child who had moved from her home in April 2007.

At the time, Miller was employed by the Department of Children and Family Services as a case manager and was a licensed foster parent.

Her trial was scheduled to be heard this week but Miller pleaded guilty on Monday and was sentenced to 30 months of probation for the Class 3 felony and ordered to pay restitution of $55,448.

A second, more serious count of theft of government property over $10,000 was dismissed in return for her plea.

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