Former Wheaton North Booster Club President Accused of Stealing More Than $10,000

Former Wheaton North Booster Club (WNBC) president and school receptionist Dorothy "Dee" Horky allegedly took more than $10,000 from the booster club after her five-year term expired, officials say.

A former Wheaton North High School Booster Club president and school receptionist is accused of stealing more than $10,000, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced Monday.

Dorothy “Dee” Horky, 57 of Carol Stream, has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from the Wheaton North Booster Club (WNBC), according to a news release from the State's Attorney's Office. Horky turned herself in to authorities Thursday, March 7. She was released after posting $500 of her $5,000 bond.

Horky, who served as president from 2009 to 2011, allegedly told WNBC officials that she had destroyed a WNBC American Express card in her name after her term expired. An investigation revealed that from July to November 2012, Horky allegedly took $10,985.53 in cash advances against the American Express card. WNBC curent president Suzanne Royer said the theft occurred between late August and early November. 

She is also accused of withdrawing $9,838.32 from a WNBC bank account to pay for the cash advances she had taken on the credit card, according to the release.

WNBC officials noticed inconsistencies in their books in November 2012 and alerted the Wheaton Police Department. 

“For five months Ms. Horky allegedly lied to and deceived the Wheaton North Booster Club, swindling them out of nearly $11,000,” Berlin said in a statement. “She allegedly treated the Club as her own personal fund-raiser, depriving students’ extra-curricular activities at Wheaton North High School of much-needed funding. I would like to thank officials at Wheaton North High School for uncovering this alleged fraud. I would also like to thank the Wheaton Police Department, particularly Detective Steve Hamill, for their fine work on this case as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Michalak for her efforts.”

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According to the March 13 District 200 personnel report, Horky's resignation from her position as a Wheaton North High School receptionist was effective Feb. 7.

Horky has been charged with one count of Theft over $10,000, a Class 2 Felony, punishable by either probation or up to three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 22 in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.    

Major Tom March 11, 2013 at 08:34 PM
hope she gets 10 years
Sean Johnders March 11, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Sounds like she led the team in steals!
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) March 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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Missy March 12, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Well may be she had one of these attorneys say it would be ok Sure why not Kids matter when money isn't to be pocketed
Missy March 12, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Yep looks like that good old checks and balances mean hey you check make sure no one catches and we can balance out the funds and shhh Come on why does it take this long people that full of tolerance or ignorance
Lala March 12, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Yeah, that's why we were running low on several funds. I hope justice is served.
Chris Smith March 12, 2013 at 02:21 AM
The facts here are incorrect. She was only President for 2 years as the bylaws require. Her tenure was over in June 2011 and she was in charge of concessions. As the Past President prior to her, I wanted you to be aware that the checks and balances we created and the audits we had each year made certain that this was detectable. If you have any questions, I can provide a follow up.
Neil Maude March 12, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Read the article, fool. She can only get three to seven years for this.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) March 12, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Thanks, Chris. Just sent you an email—if you can follow up with proof of the time of her tenure that'd be a huge help. Thanks!
John thompson March 12, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Aww, I feel so sorry for the decision she made. She was a extremely nice person and everything. I could never see her doing anything like this. I hope when she comes out, she learned her lesson and finishes living her life the right way again.
Jennifer Merck March 12, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Chris, as a WNBC member and President of the PTA at an elementary school in the District, I have a few questions for you. Would it be best to e-mail you?
Jennifer Merck March 12, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Chris, would it be possible to speak to you by e-mail?
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) March 12, 2013 at 04:04 PM
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joe March 12, 2013 at 06:44 PM
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Joe March 12, 2013 at 06:45 PM
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Daryl March 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Knowing Dee, I believe the least anyone can do is wait to hear all of the facts from both sides of the story before arriving at any conclusions.
Joe Fruzyna March 13, 2013 at 03:11 PM
This is an upsetting story all around, I agree with Daryl. I have known "Dee" for years, not closely, but everyone I've spoken to are shocked. At least the monies are back. I hope this all works out. Just shows that times are tough and some people do things that are completely unexpected...
Daryl March 16, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Turning yourself in to the police DOES NOT equate to an admission of guilt - it merely means that you are cooperating with the investigation. I find it disturbing that of all the news stories regarding this matter, I have only seen one that bothered to include the statement from Dee's defense attorney, Tim Martin, who said that she "maintains her complete innocence in this case". Martin went on to say that "She has never been involved in any criminal wrongdoing in her 57 years of life and, once the facts get out, I fully expect to exonerate her of all charges.". In a criminal court, the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty. I am very sorry to say that in the court of public opinion, however, it appears that Dee has already been found guilty without being given an opportunity to defend herself against the accusations. She deserves better than that.


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