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LITH woman to pay $100K

WOODSTOCK – A Lake in the Hills woman was ordered to pay restitution and spend 180 days in jail for stealing more than $100,000 from her employer over a period of two years.

Diana Voss, 48, had pleaded guilty to theft. She took a blind plea, prosecutors said, meaning she had no deal for sentencing.

Voss was charged in 2010 with one count of theft for taking a total of $130,363.27 from her Crystal Lake-based employer, Toner Research Inc. She said she used the money on medical expenses for a sick aunt.

“It was all me,” Voss said. “I don’t blame anybody. It’s something I had done, and I got caught up in it. If I could go back, I would.”

The criminal indictment listed losses of $106,220, an amount Judge Sharon Prather ordered Voss to pay in restitution. Voss was ordered to make $100 monthly payments, based on her current $9-an-hour earnings. If she makes all the monthly payments, it will take her more than 88 years to pay off.

Assistant State’s Attorney, Dominic J. Buttitta Jr. requested that Voss pay a higher amount. Voss took a total of $130,450.27, he said, but after the company’s insurance payout, the company’s losses totaled $117,087.27.

“It was malicious, it was calculated and it was at the direct hands, the calculated hands, of Miss Voss,” Buttitta said.

Voss’ public defender, Angelo Mourelatos, said that his client could not afford restitution payments and that her home is in foreclosure.

“[The requested restitution] is a large financial burden for my client given her limited financial means,” Mourelatos said.

Mourelatos requested that Voss be sentenced to probation.

Buttitta read an impact statement from Toner Research Inc. President Abdul Bouzit in which Bouzit said that his business had struggled to bounce back after Voss’ crime.

“A great deal of trust was placed in Diana,” the impact statement read. Bouzit also called the theft a “gross violation of trust and continued hardship on my small business.”

Added Buttitta: “Miss Voss’ personal hardship should not be at the hardship of Abdul and his livelihood.”

Voss was hired as a temporary worker in 2004 at Toner Research, and permanently in 2005. After growing suspicious of Voss, Bouzit fired her in November 2008, and a police report was filed in December 2008.

The money was taken between July 21, 2006, and Nov. 14, 2008, according to the indictment. Voss was charged in 2010 with one Class 1 felony. She faced a potential sentence of four to 15 years in jail.

Voss also received 30 months’ probation.

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