The former president of a high school booster club accused of using club funds as her own personal piggy bank entered a guilty plea before a DuPage County judge on Thursday.
Dorothy “Dee” Horky, 58, of Carol Stream, pleaded guilty to stealing $10,985.53 from the Wheaton North Booster Club, where she had served as president between May 2006 and May 2011.
As president of the club, Horky was issued an American Express card with her name on it.
In November 2012, officials noticed inconsistencies in their books and notified the Wheaton Police Department.
Authorities were led to Horky, after it was learned that she lied to club officials about destroying the American Express Card when her term in office expired. Through their investigation, authorities determined that beginning in July 2012 through November 2012, Horky took more than $10,000 in cash advances using the booster club American Express credit card previously issued to her.
Police say Horky then withdrew money totaling $9,838.32 from the Wheaton North Booster Bank bank account, of which she still had access, and transferred that money to pay for the cash advances she had taken out the American Express card.
For five months Ms. Horky treated the Wheaton North Booster Club as her own personal piggy bank,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said.
A $5,000 arrest warrant was issued for Horky on March 7, 2013. Four days later, she turned herself into authorities, and posted $500 bond. She has been out on bond since that time.
“What is particularly disheartening about this case is that the money Mrs. Horky saw fit to take was intended for students’ extra-curricular activities,” Horky said. “Thankfully, through the diligence of officials at Wheaton North, her scheme was uncovered and the Booster Club has received full restitution.”
Horky pled guilty to one count of theft over $10,000, a Class 2 Felony. She faces a sentence of probation or one to three years in prison.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 29 for return of the pre-sentence report.