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Round Lake Beach civic center treasurer charged with felony theft of funds

Debra A. Knill, 46, of Round Lake Beach

The treasurer of the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center Foundation has been charged after police said she stole at least $10,000 from the non-profit.

Debra A. Knill, 46, of the 1000 block of Hillwood Circle in Round Lake Beach, turned herself in to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant Friday. She is being charged with three counts of felony theft.

The Round Lake Beach Police Department said that Knill was the treasurer of the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center Foundation, which was formed in 2006 as a non-profit to support the village’s cultural & civic center. It helps raise funds and promote events held at the center.

Authorities said the foundation is operated as an independent entity which is separate from the village and has its own governing board and financial recordkeeping.

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In June, the village discovered unpaid bills to vendors. “Once there were concerns that funds might be missing, an immediate investigation began, including an audit of the finances of the foundation,” Round Lake Beach Deputy Police Chief Michael Scott said.

“The investigation determined there were inconsistencies in the foundation’s financial records maintained by Knill, as well as records and bank statements,” Scott added.

Authorities said that the investigation revealed that $10,000 was missing from the account of the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center Foundation. Only financial records from 2017 were audited because there was not sufficient records from previous years.

Knill has since been released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on February 1.


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