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Former Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $500,000 From Law Firm
WHEATON – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today Le Anna Kelty, 55 (d.o.b. 3/6/1960) of 8826 Teal Ln, Wilmington, IL, a former employee at a Naperville law firm, has entered a plea of guilty to stealing more than $500,000 from the firm over a six year period. Kelty entered a plea of guilty this morning to one count of Theft in Excess of $500,000, a Class 1 non-probationable Felony, in front of Judge Robert Miller.
Kelty worked in the accounting department at the law firm. Beginning in November, 2006, through February, 2013, Kelty, on numerous occasions, forged her employers’ signatures and deposited unauthorized checks drawn against the firm’s bank accounts into her personal bank accounts. Approximately one year after Kelty stopped working for the firm, her scheme unraveled when authorities at the firm discovered discrepancies in their books and, following an internal audit, contacted law enforcement.
“After years of stealing from a trusting employer, Le Anna Kelty’s deceit and greed finally caught up with her,” Berlin said. “Six years and more than $500,000 later, Ms. Kelty is now looking at a significant amount of time behind bars. I would like to thank the Naperville Police Department, particularly Detective Elena Deuchler, for their efforts on this case. I would like to thank Ms. Kelty’s former employer for their complete cooperation throughout this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Ken Tatarelis for his work in holding Ms. Kelty responsible for her criminal behavior.”
Kelty’s next court appearance is scheduled for sentencing on February 16, 2016. She faces a prison term of between four and fifteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.