Champaign woman ordered to repay $28,000

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted stealing thousands of dollars from the Stephens Family YMCA in Champaign was ordered Friday to make full restitution.

Michelle Long, 45, who listed an address in the first block of Leichner Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd to felony theft for stealing more than $28,000 last year.

Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Clifton said Long had been employed at the YMCA, now located at 2501 Fields South Drive, for seven years before being fired last fall. One of her duties was to make cash deposits at Busey Bank. In November, it was discovered that she had failed to make deposits between May 2 and Nov. 2.

Clifton agreed to a sentence for Long of four years of probation and full restitution of $28,296.36 — the amount the Y could show was missing.

Asked what Long spent the money on, Clifton said the police report made reference to her buying things on Craig’s List and from a local resale shop.

Long had no prior convictions. She was also fined $510.

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C_H wrote on June 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Still, you have to admire her for her well-thought-out strategy of "hope nobody notices".

rsp wrote on June 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Clearly white collar crime pays. It almost always ends up with probation no matter how much was taken.

Nice Davis wrote on June 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm

If by "pays" you mean "results in the now unemployable malefactor having to somehow come up with $30,000 as well as all her living expenses", then sure, white collar crime "pays".

rsp wrote on June 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Look how much she stole, and even though she gets caught stealing $2000 more while on probation, her punishment didn't change. Her orders to pay the original amount of money wasn't being done. Just the fact she repeated the same crime shows she doesn't care.

If she had robbed a store of $50 she would be in prison. Because she robbed her own defenseless grandparents of $30,000 it's probation time. Do you really think they feel any less victimized than the clerk in the store? That $30,000 can mean the difference between life or death at that age. Do you really want to compare that to her having a hard time getting a job?