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SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two sisters have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a group that represents Illinois private colleges in the capital.

Sangamon County State's Attorney Dan Wright says the theft was between $100,000 and $500,000, from 2010 to 2017.

The State Journal-Register says Cynthia Fuchs of Springfield was a vice president at the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities in Springfield. Her sister, Penny Stockton of Jacksonville, was an administrative assistant. They had worked there for years.

It wasn't immediately known if they have lawyers who could comment on their behalf.

The federation's president, Dave Tretter, says the thefts were discovered during an internal investigation. The women were fired in 2017, and authorities were notified.

Tretter says the group has made changes to "ensure nothing like this happens again."

The Associated Press