BLOOMINGTON — A Central Illinois woman is accused of embezzling more than $161,000 in cash from sales at Bone Student Center at Illinois State University.

Debbie White, 58, of Benson, was arrested at 9:08 a.m. Monday after officers, watching a live camera feed set up to watch her actions, found her stuffing cash from receipts at the student center into envelopes and then into her clothing.

She was employed as a clerical worker, but told a judge Tuesday she no longer works for the university.

Prosecutors also revealed they had video evidence of her taking cash on March 25 and 26.

At a court hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors said investigators now believe the thefts date back to 2013, and a recent audit revealed $161,967 missing since then.

A motive for the thefts was not disclosed in court.

White was charged with theft over $100,000, a Class X felony that is a non-probational, and two other counts of theft. Prosecutors also said in court that White stole more than $64,000 between Feb. 2 and March 26 of this year.

Prosecutors asked for bond to be set at $100,000, but Associate Judge Scott Kording set a personal recognizance bond of $25,000, allowing White to leave jail Tuesday afternoon.

“I realize she is charged with stealing a lot of money, but I don’t believe she is a flight risk,” Kording said.

White was ordered to not to have any contact with ISU; her next court date is April 12.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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