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Man admits to stealing $45,000 from church

A 54 year-old volunteer bookkeeper has admitted to stealing about $45,000 from a suburban Chicago church congregation. He pleaded guilty to theft charges earlier this week.

The man says he used most of the money to pay for medical bills. He was charged last year when church officials noticed a significant amount of money was going to an unknown bank account. The bookkeeper had been putting the money in a business bank account and then writing checks to himself.

He is believed to have taken the money from Messiah Lutheran Church over a two-year period from 2008 to 2010.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, contact the theft and fraud attorneys of Bruno Law Offices today at 217-328-6000.


Chicago man sentenced to 12 years for burglary

Last week, a Chicago man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for residential burglary.  The man, 21-year old Michael Q. Roquemore, was held in police custody for a year before his trial.

In August, Roquemore went to trial on home invasion charges but the judge declared a mistrial after police use evidence that was not disclosed with the defense.  In September, Roquemore plead guilty to breaking into a home in Champaign a year before.  The defendant stated that he entered the home in hopes of finding drugs or money but found neither.

Roquemore was given 480 days of credit on his sentence for the time he spent in jail before his trial.

The punishment for criminal activity depends largely on your legal representation.  If you have been charged with a petit theft and would like to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact the Champaign petit theft lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 today.


Suspected mugger caught using Facebook

A 21-year-old man accused of robbing a University of Illinois student 2 months ago appeared before a Champaign County Judge Tuesday in answer to charges filed a week ago in connection with the mugging.

The man is accused of stealing the student’s cell phone as well as cash. According to the student, this happened in a parking lot at the corner of Third Street and Gregory Drive.

Police were able to find the suspect after he took a photo of himself with the stolen cellphone, which was set to automatically upload photos to Facebook. The student noticed the picture and gave it to authorities, who circulated it to obtain an identification.

The man is being held on $50,000 bond and is expected to return to court in June. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

If you have been accused of a theft or robbery, contact the Champaign theft defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at 217-328-6000 today.

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