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Former District 50 clerk pleads guilty to theft

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 3:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:07 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A former District 50 accounts payable clerk pleaded guilty to stealing more than $20,000 from the Harvard school district Tuesday.

Krystal Ohlenroth received two years of probation and will have to pay more than $22,500 in restitution to the district.

Ohlenroth, an employee of the district for 11 years when she was fired in October 2012, pleaded to a charge of Class 2 theft over $10,000 but under $100,000.

Remaining theft charges, including a more serious one, were dismissed in exchange for her plea, which McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather accepted Tuesday.

The Harvard Police Department had found Ohlenroth charged more than $20,000 to district Visa and Walmart credit cards. She extracted cash and made purchases of things like entertainment and clothing items, police said.

After their own internal investigation, the Harvard School District 50 Board fired Ohlenroth on Oct. 23, 2012.

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