Crime & Courts

Attorney General: Wonder Lake man defrauded government

WOODSTOCK – A Wonder Lake man is accused of collecting more than $20,000 in unemployment benefits and faces felony charges.

Edward Sitko, 43, of 8707 Memory Trail, was charged with theft, a Class 1 felony punishable by four to 15 years in prison, and state benefits fraud and wire fraud, both Class 3 felonies punishable by two to five years in prison.

Sitko is accused of collecting more than $20,000 in fraudulent benefits, by certifying that he was unemployed when he was not in order to collect weekly benefits.

His arrest was part of a sweep by the Attorney General's Office and the Illinois Department of Employment Security that resulted in charges brought against eight others.

"These defendants received unemployment benefits while they were simultaneously collecting a paycheck," Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a news release. "Prosecuting these cases deters fraud and maintains the resources of the unemployment insurance program to help those people it is intended assist – the unemployed."

Sitko was arrested in February and later was released after posting $1,000 bail. His next court date is April 15.

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