URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his disabled mother has been sentenced to prison and ordered to repay her estate.
Daryl E. Wrona, 47, whose last known address was in the 200 block of East Dodson Drive, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to theft over $100,000, admitting that between August 2009 and July 2012, he stole money from his mother.
According to John Brown, the public guardian for Champaign County who now acts as the woman's guardian, she had suffered a stroke in late 2008 and by August of the next year required skilled care in a nursing home. Wrona became her guardian in July 2010.
As part of a plea negotiation worked out between the Illinois attorney general's office and Wrona's public defender, Wrona will spend six years in prison and was ordered to repay $106,948 to his mother's estate.
In return, another charge alleging financial exploitation of an elderly person was dismissed as were two other unrelated felony cases charging Wrona with theft, burglary, and possession of a stolen vehicle stemming from acts that occurred in August 2012.
Wrona's co-defendant, Linda Sims, 48, of Earlville, is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18.
The case was investigated by the state of Illinois' Medicaid Fraud Bureau.
Wrona was also ordered to pay $1,060 to an Ivesdale man who was a victim in one of the dismissed cases.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Swofford told Ladd that after Wrona's mother went in the nursing home, he spent money out of her Busey Bank accounts on himself instead of for her care. He also took property and life insurance proceeds that belonged to her and used the money for himself, Swofford said.
Swofford said Wrona had prior convictions for misuse of a credit card, resisting a peace officer, violation of bail bond, aggravated reckless driving, driving under the influence, and criminal trespass to land.
He was given credit on his sentence for 140 days already served in the county jail.
The criminal charges alleging the theft from his mother were filed in June.