Restitution ordered in Naperville car dealership embezzlement
Updated: September 22, 2012 1:44PM
(WHEATON) A Westchester woman has been ordered to make more than $22,000 restitution to a Naperville automobile dealership, money she embezzled while working in the company’s accounts receivable department.
Marie K. Terranova, 42, was found guilty of a Class 2 felony charge of theft or unauthorized control over more than $10,000 but less than $100,000, according to records in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.
Judge Blanche Hill Fawell on Wednesday ordered Terranova to make $22,208.35 restitution to Dan Wolf Chevrolet of Naperville, court records indicated. Fawell also placed Terranova on two years of probation and assessed fines and legal fees totaling $685.
Terranova worked in the accounts receivable and payable department of the dealership, at 1515 W. Ogden Ave. on Naperville’s west side.
A Naperville police officer on Nov. 3 was sent to the dealership to investigate a possible forgery. The officer learned Terranova, by now a former employee, had “forged a refund check to a customer and deposited (the) check into her personal account,” police Sgt. Gregg Bell said in May.
Bell said a subsequent police investigation determined Terranova forged 22 customer refund checks and pocketed the money. She executed the scheme between July 29, 2010 and last Oct. 12, according to a grand jury indictment.
Court documents showed Terranova had no prior criminal record in DuPage, Kane or Will counties.