Ex-Urbana High star ordered to repay $16,578

Ex-Urbana High star ordered to repay $16,578

URBANA — A former Urbana High School sports star who admitted stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly client was sentenced Monday to probation and ordered to repay the woman.

Darren Hursey, 45, who was living in Florida prior to his arrest in May, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis to theft over $10,000 and was sentenced to two years of probation. He was also ordered to repay $16,578 to the 92-year-old Savoy woman from whom he stole.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Hursey, who was arrested last month, was working in 2007 for a company called ABC Viaticals. He approached the then-85-year-old victim, who had invested with him previously, about another investment opportunity called "Lipo Laser."

Between April and July 2007, the woman sent him five checks totaling more than $14,000. He had assured her she would have her investment and interest back by September of that year, Rietz said.

When the woman didn't get her money, she began to investigate. Hursey told her he needed another $2,300 that he called a "surrender fee" to get her money back. She sent that as well but never got any of her money.

The Champaign County sheriff's office began investigating in June 2008 and a warrant was issued for Hursey later that year. He was located in Broward County, Florida, in May after his arrest for an alleged domestic dispute.

A 1986 graduate of Urbana High Schoool, Hursey is a member of the school's athletic hall of fame. He spent parts of six seasons in the Detroit Tigers' minor league baseball system.

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