The former president of a Wheaton high school booster club pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing more than $10,000 from the club.
Dorothy "Dee" Horky, 58 of Carol Stream, entered the guilty plea more than a year after she was arrested on felony theft charges, according to a release from DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin.
Horky pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $11,000 from the Wheaton North Booster Club, a class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in jail.
From May 2006 through May 2011 Horky served as president of the booster club and was issued a club credit card with her name on it, according to the release.
"In November, 2012, officials with the (club) noticed inconsistencies in their books and alerted the Wheaton Police Department. An investigation led by the Wheaton Police Department, with assistance from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, led authorities to Horky," the release said.
Investigator said Horky took cash advances totaling $10,985.53 between July 2012 and November 2012. She then withdrew money totaling $9,838.32 from a club bank account that she still had access to and transferred that money to pay for the cash advances she had taken on the credit card.
Horky was arrested in March 2013 and has been free on bond ever since.
"For five months Ms. Horky treated the Wheaton North Booster Club as her own personal piggy bank," Berlin said. "What is particularly disheartening about this case is that the money Mrs. Horky saw fit to take was intended for students' extracurricular activities."
Horky will next appear in court on May 2019 for a pre-sentencing report.