A former teacher arrested for stealing over $13,000 in funds from an education association in Marengo has been sentenced to probation after taking a plea deal.
Amanda M. Oie, 27, of Belvidere, was charged in May with theft over $10,000, a Class 2 felony.
Marengo Police Department Sgt. Andrew Kjellgren told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that the charge stemmed from a police report filed in December 2021.
Oie was a member of the Marengo Area Education Association (MAEA) and had access to accounts controlled by the association, Kjellgren said.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said that Oie stole approximately $13,170 from MAEA.
Oie used the funds for personal use, the complaint said.
Kjellgren said the theft occurred from January 2020 until December 2020.
The theft was discovered by other members of MAEA and a police report was made to the Marengo Police Department, Kjellgren said.
A warrant was issued for Oie after she was charged on May 17. She was taken into custody by police the same day, court and police records show.
Public records show Oie worked as a teacher for the Marengo-Union Elementary Consolidated District 165.
District 165 Superintendent Lea Damisch said Oie no longer worked for the district following the arrest.
Oie’s last day of employment was December 17, 2021. She resigned voluntarily, Damisch said.
Oie was released from custody after posting 10% of a $30,000 bond.
Court records show Oie recently entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
She pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an amended count of theft under $500, a Class A misdemeanor, in exchange for her Class 2 felony being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge Tiffany Davis approved the plea and sentenced Oie to one year of probation and ordered her to pay back the $13,170.43 that was stolen.
Oie will also be required to pay $1,414 in court fines and fees.