Trial looms for Illinois woman accused of taking more than $100,000 from her former employer | Crime-and-courts

JACKSONVILLE — The trial of a Morgan County woman accused of using money from a former employer to make more than $100,000 in personal purchases is scheduled for March 8.

Stacy S. Brickey, 46, of 20 Maple Creek Estates in Woodson was arrested Jan. 19 for theft between $100,000 and $500,000 and misuse of a credit card account.

She is accused of using a credit card account belonging to Production Press without authorization, according to Morgan County State’s Attorney Gray Noll.

Brickey waived his right to a preliminary hearing on February 8 and pleaded not guilty to the charges. A jury trial has been requested and scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 8, with a pre-trial scheduled for Wednesday.

Jacksonville Police Lt. Doug Thompson said the former employer noticed fraudulent credit card charges, prompting the investigation.

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Both charges are felonies. The theft charge carries a sentence of four to 15 years followed by supervised release of up to 18 months if convicted; misuse of a credit card is punishable by two to ten years.

Although both charges have the possibility of probation, Noll said the court is unlikely to be lenient because Brickey pleaded guilty in 2018 to stealing thousands of taxpayer dollars while working for the county.

She admitted a theft boss to using a Morgan County credit card to buy personal items such as groceries, gift cards and a generator while working for the county highway department . She was an administrative assistant from March 2014 until her dismissal in January 2017.

As part of the settlement, an official misconduct charge was dismissed and she was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years probation. She was ordered to pay $38,824 in restitution in this case.

After that conviction, Assistant State’s Attorney Chad Turner said Brickey’s previously clean criminal history and the fact that she had a job after her release from prison led the state to believe that a short jail time plus probation would be the best way to get the money back. .

Elna M. Lemons