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Trial in Grayslake PTO theft delayed to October

Elizabeth S. Bako

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The trial of a former Grayslake parent teacher organization member accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the organization has been pushed back until October.

Elizabeth S. Bako, 41, now is scheduled to face trial Oct. 7 on two counts of felony theft and two counts of using a debit card with intent to defraud.

Assistant Lake County State's Attorney Scott Turk objected to the trial delay because the Frederick School PTO is having trouble moving forward and collecting money for students while the court case lingers.

However, Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti said "Ms. Bako has the right to a defense," before postponing the trial.

Authorities allege Bako, of the 300 block of Woodland Drive in Grayslake, knowingly obtained unauthorized control over between $10,000 and $100,000 from the Frederick School PTO between April 2011 and May 31, 2012.

Charges also allege Bako took more than $150 from a debit card assigned to the PTO between July 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012.

If found guilty of the most serious theft charge, Bako could spend up to 7 years behind bars.

While awaiting trial, Bako is prohibited from contact with members of the PTO and the Grayslake Elementary District 46 school board. She also is barred from Frederick School property unless approved by the court.

Rossetti has authorized that Bako go to the school in early August to register her two children. However, the judge warned that Bako must not linger during registration.

Bako and defense attorney Christopher Lombardo did not comment following Tuesday's court hearing.

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