Indiana woman gets 5 years for $500K theft from Danville credit union

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DANVILLE — An Indiana woman was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for stealing more than $500,000 from a Danville credit union where she worked.

Vermilion County Judge Derek Girton also ordered Laurie Allen, 55, of Perrysville, Ind., to repay the credit union $510,000. Allen pleaded guilty Wednesday to financial institution fraud, a Class 1 felony.

A release from Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office said Allen stole the money between January 2014 and December 2020, while she was employed as a branch manager at Vibrant Credit Union, previously known as First Illinois Credit Union.

Raoul alleged in court that Allen stole the cash from the vault and took it home for her “personal use.”

“The defendant stole more than $500,000 from a credit union where customers — likely her acquaintances and neighbors — deposited their hard-earned money believing it was safe,” Raoul said. “Individuals who steal from their employers and their communities for their own personal financial gain must be held accountable.”

Assistant Attorney General Samantha Cain prosecuted the case for Raoul’s Special Prosecutions Bureau after the case was referred to them by the Vermilion County State’s Attorney’s office.

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