Crime & Courts

Spring Grove woman gets probation for misusing Crystal Lake employer's credit cards

Darcie Wagner
Darcie Wagner

A 57-year-old woman convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from her Crystal Lake employer said she was the victim of the situation that resulted in a two-year probation sentence Friday.

A judge in November found Spring Grove woman Darcie Wagner guilty of making more than $25,000 in unauthorized purchases and cash advances with credit cards belonging to Walter’s Alarm Services in Crystal Lake.

Wagner must repay her employer $14,732.5 as part of her sentence, Judge Sharon Prather ordered Friday. Capital One already has reimbursed Wagner’s employer an additional $13,020 that the woman was accused of stealing, prosecutor Randi Freese said.

“This crime was a complete betrayal of trust,” Freese said in court.

Wagner’s attorney, Robert Deters, claimed the business owner knew about what Wagner was spending all along, and that personal purchases at Sally Beauty Supply, Ross, Discovery and liquor stores were intended to supplement her income.

Although her resignation coincided with questions surrounding the business’ cash-flow problems, Wagner testified that she left the company because she was uncomfortable with unwanted sexual advances from a co-worker, who has not been charged.

In a statement just before her sentencing, Wagner called herself a victim and said she’s “sorry this ever happened.”

“I hope he finds the help he needs, and I hope this never happens again,” Wagner said.

The statement didn’t sit well with the judge, who questioned why Wagner would think she’s the victim of the situation.

“The court would totally disagree with that, Mrs. Wagner,” Prather said.

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